Si wrote:My diet is mostly veg but i have tended to eat 'hunted' meat....ie meat from animals that have had a fairly natural wild life. The reason for this is that the animals should have better welfare than farmed animals, that they wont be so full of steroids, growth hormones, etc, and that game is so much harder to get that it limits the amount i eat anyway.
Alas is doesnt really work. Loads of game animals are now farmed instead, even stuff like pheasents are artificially fed, and, of course, you often have no idea how fish are caught (or what they have been swimming in).
So now i am mostly vege and slowly removing dairy.
Reasons....health (dodgy kidneys), animal welfare and environmentalism.
There is still much decent kind livestock production in the UK.
In the hill land of Wales, for example, a good deal of beef production is pretty natural with calves running with the cows/herd for a good long while on pretty natural "unimproved" pasture.
Quite happy lives for the most part, actually.
Indeed a great deal of the hill land of Britain is suitable for little else other than stock rearing.
At is most simple and basic it's fairly sustainable and organic agriculture.
Many of our last flower meadows are a product of that system.
Much of that hill land would revert to scrub and woodland without the stock rearing or hay/silage making.
Not that I am against more woodland but to loose some of the better pasture land, and the amazing hedgerows or walls that define it, would be a shame. IMHO.
It is a sustainable and diverse landscape created by generations of hardworking families.
Most (but not all!) of that free living hill stock is well cared for with few parasites and diseases.
Though TB is a problem in some areas esp. in dairy.
Many wild animals suffer greatly from parasites. Ticks, lice and intestinal worms.
So often less than comfortable lives and with all the attendant fear and uncertainty that goes with "being wild".