Cattle – or more commonly ‘cows’ – are one of the most common domesticated animals all over the world. Brazil is the number one home of cattle livestock, followed by India and the United States.
They are mainly raised as a source for meat, milk and other dairy products, but also used for their leather or dung, latter for fuel or manure. The industrial farming of cattle has an impact on the environment.
In Brazil the cattle sector is one of the main reasons for the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon, occupying more than 60 per cent of the deforested area
Cows also have a cultural role in some countries, such as India they are celebrated as holy animals and protected by law; in Nepal the are the national animal.