We have been asked to take in a herd of 70 cattle, including 30 pregnant cows, to save them from the slaughterhouse. This has been brought about by a massive turnaround in thinking by a farmer who had become vegetarian and could no longer send his cows to such a cruel fate. The farmer was in consultation with the Vegan Society who contacted Hillside to ask if we could give the cows a permanent safe home in the sanctuary.
Jay grew up working with the family’s herd of cows when he started to realise that there was much more to these animals than we are led to believe. “I began to see that cows recognise each other, and they’ve got very good memories. They also experience a range of emotions – they can be sad, happy, bored, excited. They do also have facial expressions. You can tell what a cow’s thinking by looking at it. I’ve even seen cows cry.”
As time went on, Jay decided to stop eating meat. He explains, “Cows are conscious of what goes on around them – they have personalities and an inner life. They’re not just units of food. Knowing them personally makes it more difficult to think about eating them.”
If all goes according to plan, we are hoping the cows, some with calves at foot, will arrive with us in June. It is going to be a massive challenge to raise the funds for them and to prepare and make ready for their arrival. Please donate below if you would like to help towards this.
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