Animal Alternative to Machine

How plausible is to start investing in breeding and putting animals to work in place of the machines we've replaced them with in at least some limited contexts like a college campus? surely it is more environmentally friendly and could be made cheaper if approached correctly, right?

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Hey man, some US cities places still have horseback police. Depends on what you want and your environment.
    I remember my old uni had farmhouses and stuff a mile or two down the road.

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you're a vet with an acre of land go for it. learning to train animals and learning to be a farrier isn't very hard.

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    no, because animals have a thing call food, water, exhaustion, stress, peta, housing, shit and piss, behavior, sentience
    also theyre not inherently environmentally friendly because you have to deal with the above, which has to be done with machines, you cant just have feces lying around, thats a health hazard, you might as well cut out the middleman and just use machines

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This is such bullshit. What were we doing for literal millennia before then? frick off. Plus, you say middle man but that's just handwavy bullshit. If we replaced cars with horses there would be less emissions full stop.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >What were we doing for literal millennia before then?
        not living in an industrial society,
        >If we replaced cars with horses there would be less emissions full stop.
        no it wouldnt, you still need to move all that shit around in large quantities which has to be done with vehicals, not to mention all the other things that have to be dealt with by machines that were not listed with feces just being an example, youre just adding unnecessary complications to your life to moralize to other people into thinking that youre better than them, youre not, youre just stupid

        Horse manure can be made into biomass fuel too.

        yeah, by burning it, 99% of all energy produced is by boiling water, which is just putting co2 into the air, but you might as well make charcoal and burn that instead

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You could burn it, or you can dump it into a digester to rot and harvest the gas from it. There’s more explosion risk, but the byproducts aren’t as bad.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >you cant just have feces lying around, thats a health hazard
      That’s where the fabled creature we know as the Janitor comes in…

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Can a horse drive you back home by itself when you're drunk? Can it remember the road and stuff?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Horses can definitely remember how to get back home but they can't use steering wheels very well.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        that says more about cars than horses

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Horse manure can be made into biomass fuel too.

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ox, mule, or horse are nice for hauling trees out of awkward locations. They’re still more agile than a machine.

    For a college campus, I always felt that cart animals would be a godsend. Better than trying to balance an overlarge load on a handcart because no one wants to make multiple trips across campus with the only handcart the department owns. Could even have them dedicated on standby to ferrying students from offsite parking instead of trying to rely on buses that only ever seem to run on the most inconvenient “schedule” possIble. Would have loved to have my dog tow me all around campus instead of barely having time for lengthy exercise and being left alone all day.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >more agile than a machine
      Not always a good thing...

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    … What function do you imagine an animal serving on a college campus?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Are you telling me you can't think of any?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You posited the scenario, bud.

        Horse manure can be made into biomass fuel too.

        Used to power what

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Somebody has to take care of the animals, clean up its shit, risk getting kicked in the teeth, stuf like that.

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The problem is that the work animal support services have dwindled after we moved more towards machines. It used to be much easier and more affordable back when towns were full of services like stables and farriers.
    I think it could work in agricultural colleges, but even then the whole reason we gravitated towards machines in the first place is because they're generally cheaper and more efficient than animals.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah what said. Working animals need land and services and more than one trained person to take care of it. Cars need a driver and a mechanic. These can be the same person. Horses need a driver, a farrier, a handler, a trainer, a vet, etc.
      That being said cars are disgustingly expensive right now. If you already owned your own parcel of land (you need at least 1 acre per horse and horses cannot live alone) then the cost to buy and take care of an individual horse is probably cheaper, overall, than a car. Not to mention much more environmentally friendly.
      But that would require not only convincing the oil industry to not be so fricking evil but also politicians who have stakes in the oil industry to not be so fricking evil. Not gonna happen, unfortunately.

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