A cow’s life doesn’t have to end on a dinner plate
DEFRA figures state that in October, 158,000 cows were slaughtered in Britain. Let’s not pretend their end was anything but grisly, terrifying and miserable – but things don’t have to be this way.
While the majority of cows end up in a burger or a can of dog food, ultimately a cow’s life doesn’t have to end queued up outside an abattoir with nothing but frightened lowing from their lorry-mates and terrified screams from the animals a few paces ahead – as a group of kindhearted Germans have proved.
When they found out that a local farmer was sending his herd of 24 older cows to slaughter, they helped club together enough money so that the animals could live the rest of their natural lives in pasture.
The cows are supported by donations and sponsorship of just a few euros a month, with no one being more thankful for the herd’s reprieve than the farmer’s young son, Jan Muller, who has a deep fondness for the gentle and intelligent beasts.
This video shows the cows’ reaction to going out for the first time after a long winter in the cow shed and is incredibly moving.
The happy ending of these cows undeniably brings tears of joy – does it make you wish for better for Britain’s bovines?
More information on how to sponsor one of the German cows can be found at the Kuhrettung website.Tagged in: cows, DEFRA, environment
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