Many of us never have the privilege of getting to know a farm animal. Instead, we know them by their parts. A cow is a rib steak, a brisket, a package of ground beef. A pig is a strip of bacon, schnitzel, a loin chop. A chicken is a wing, drumstick, or a thigh.

While this categorizing may make it easier for some to pick out what they’d like from the grocery store, it’s also a way of distancing ourselves from who these individuals once were.

Advertisement

Thinking of a farm animal as an individual is certainly not something many feel comfortable with, but just like the domestic animals we share our households with, farm animals also have their own distinct personalities, likes, dislikes, and desires. What’s more, if we’d give them a chance, they’d show us just as much love as our beloved dogs and cats.

To prove this to you, take a look at the 12 photos below. Each embodies two key elements: (1) that farm animals can show us endless amounts of love, and (2) that we have everything in our power to return the same love and affection to them, too. Now, isn’t that wonderful?

 1. “I always love snuggle time with my human. Wouldn’t you?”

12 Photos that Prove Farm Animals Love Us
backroad-life / Tumblr

2. “That’s how I like it — right behind the ears. Thank you, kind human!”

12 Photos that Prove Farm Animals Love Us
Farm Sanctuary / Facebook

3. “To be in warm, caring arms — now this is the life!”

12 Photos that Prove Farm Animals Love Us
Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary / Facebook

4. “We’re totally soul mates. No doubt about it.”

12 Photos that Prove Farm Animals Love Us
wordsfromnature / Tumblr

 

5. “Get ready, human. I’m coming in for a real big hug!”

12 Photos that Prove Farm Animals Love Us
Edgar’s Mission / Facebook

6. “You might not be able to tell, but I’m smiling right back at you, young human. Smiling real big.”

12 Photos that Prove Farm Animals Love Us
Edgar’s Mission / Facebook

7. “You’ve never known a cuddle until you’ve cuddled a turkey.”

12 Photos that Prove Farm Animals Love Us
Maple Farm Sanctuary / Facebook

8. “Cow kisses are the best kind of kisses.”

12 Photos that Prove Farm Animals Love Us
fullferrantage / Tumblr

9. “My human makes a great pillow.”

12 Photos that Prove Farm Animals Love Us
maryalmaelizabeth / Tumblr

10. “I usually don’t like being tickled but for you I’ll make an exception.”

12 Photos that Prove Farm Animals Love Us
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary / Facebook

11. “Nose nuzzle time!”

12 Photos that Prove Farm Animals Love Us
fullferrantage / Tumblr

12. “We’re not so different, you and me, can’t you see?”

12 Photos that Prove Farm Animals Love Us
Farm Sanctuary / Facebook
Advertisement