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Ishigaki「石垣島」:Water Buffalos 「水牛」 of Taketomi「竹富島」

The Water buffalo or domestic Asian water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) is a large buffalo found on the Indian subcontinent to Vietnam and Peninsular Malaysia, in Sri Lanka, in Luzon Island in the Philippines, and in Borneo. Water buffaloes are especially suitable for tilling rice fields, and their milk is richer in fat and protein than that of the dairy cow. They were domesticated about 5000 years ago.

With at least 130 million of them, it's impressive to realize that more human beings depend on them than on any other domestic animal. Both because they are the most efficient and economic means of cultivation of small fields, but also because they contribute 72 million tones of milk and three million tones of meat annually to world food, much of it in areas that are prone to nutritional imbalances.

Water Buffalos are often used to represent Taketomi. They are "parked" along the streets, waiting to start the tiring touristy round, carrying annoying people while wearing ridiculous flowers on the ear, so they look more kawaii.

Things like this, happening all over the world make me feel very sad. Like the donkeys I saw once in Greece, carrying tourists uphill. Animals are beautiful, peaceful, helpful. Deserve some respect. I get that they may be used as tools for survival, but this... Is despicable.

So here's this whole thing moving along. Tourists sitting and the poor buffalo, treated as a joke :_(


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