Originally Posted by VT Trail Trotters View Post
Now Bubba, the reason dogs and wolves, tigers and lions and horses and donkeys and zebras and horses can mate is because they have the same genus.
That's not true in the case of cattle and bison, or in the case of many hybrid plants. Did you know that "genus" is an arbitrary qualifier that has little to no basis in actual biological relationships? It's true. It has no real meaning besides that we ascribe to it. And regardless, all of the above are listed as separate species, yet can interbreed with fertile offspring....which is absolutely against the scientific definition of species.
This is close enough in the classification in the DNA that they can mate but the offspring is sterile so to make more you start over again.
But the offspring aren't sterile in some cases....see previous posts, like the beefalo example.
And people and apes are 99% same DNA but if you go to a classification chart and compare chimps and people we split off a ways at the top so thank god were are to far away to be that closely related to apes. And to keep it back to topic, I am not a vegetarian because I love meat and now another biology class, we humans are designed to be omnivores eat meat and plant material. Our earliest monkey ancestors would probably have been herbivores eating just plants. But over time we have become to have canine teeth meant to help rip meat off bone and were designed to eat meat wit out teeth if you ever look at them. And then compare them to some one in the back yard your horse and see how there teeth look. Flat and large and ours normally ridges and alternating "shapes" made to chew flesh where a horse grinds food.
Again, see previous posts. Horses have canines far larger and sharper than ours, excellent for tearing flesh....yet they are herbivores. Whereas we have grinding molars for tough plant matter....but are omnivores. The tooth argument is not a very good one. Ever seen a hippo?
Know what they eat? Plants.
You can eat plants and be fine its just it takes longer to turn lettuce into lets say Allison Finch. Where meat is a lot closer in matter to Allison Finch. And that's why we have a single stomach and cows have 4 and horses have a big one that is just one like us.
How does that make sense? Horses and cattle eat the same things, yet have very different gastrointestinal tracts.
You still need protein in the diet, but you can get that from legumes like beans just as easily as you can from red meat. No matter your dietary preferences, you still have to eat balanced meals with all necessary nutrients. From an economical/biological "waste not, want not" premise, due to the 10% rule of the trophic level energy loss rule, it's far more efficient and environmentally friendly to raise plant crops for human consumption than it is to raise animals for human consumption.