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The times are certainly changing … in favor of animals! Jay Wilde, 59, is a vegetarian farmer in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England and he recently gave his 63 cows to a Norfolk rescue center in order to protect them from a slaughterhouse.

Wilde, who has been a vegetarian for 25 years and grew up herding cows, took over the family farm when his father died in 2011. He then switched from dairy farming to organic beef production, stating that dairy farming is difficult because the calves and the cows often become distressed when they are separated. But now he is giving up animal production entirely and donating the animals to a sanctuary because he “couldn’t believe it was right to eat them.”

The cows will now head to Hillside Animal Sanctuary where they will live out their days in peace. Not only that, but 30 of the cows are pregnant and will be able to raise their babies instead of having them taken away.

Hillside Animal Sanctuary founder, Wendy Valentine told BBC that Wilde is not the first farmer to have donated his animals, recalling a couple who, “could not bear to continue dairy farming and kept their cows as pets with the help of the sanctuary.”

“Cows have good memories and a range of emotions. They form relationships. I’ve even seen them cry. It was very difficult to do your best to look after them and then send them to the slaughterhouse for what must be a terrifying death,” Wilde told BBC News


Now, Wilde will be running a vegan organic market farm supplying garden produce without the use of animal products or fertilizers. Amazing, right? Moving all of the cows to their new forever home is no easy feat and requires a lot of funding. If you are able, you can donate to Hillside Animal Sanctuary as they prepare to take in all of the cows and provide lifetime care.

We can’t wait to see updates about these lucky cows from the sanctuary!

Image source: Hillside Animal Sanctuary

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Mary walishko
1 Years Ago

Mr Wilde you are a true gent.

1 Years Ago

Dear Mr. Wilde, I love you for your decision in freeing those wonderful animals and saving them from the slaughterhouse. I wish more and more farmers would do this! I am fighting for animal rights and fighting against animal suffering. I will do this until the day I die! Thank you from the bottom of my heart Mr. Wilde. You\'ll be always remembered as a great farmer and a great person!

1 Years Ago

So glad for this man. His life has finally started. All the joys of a real life come your way when you decide to act for others, putting selfishness to one side. Going vegan was my first real step on this path. The animals suffer terribly in farms and on trucks and in slaughterhouses, so we take action. It only gets worse with every dollar we send to meat, dairy and eggs. The future looks bright because this behaviour is in our nature if we allow it to be.

Cynthia Mattera
1 Years Ago

Wow, you are an amazing, compassionate ma. You clearly saw them cry when their babies were taken away, you saw them ry on their way to slaughter. You clearly felt their pain, their loss and their fear. Thank you for you kindness towards these gentle, smart cows. If they could hug you, Im sure they would!!!! God bless you!
Thank you to Hillside Animal Sanctuary for these cows in and giving them a better life!

1 Years Ago

i like your thought processes , Mr. Wilde. You actually thought about the lives of the cows you had and made a change for their sakes. I hope your new venture is a great success. I stopped eating animals 41 years ago and eventually beam vegan as I learned that it is not just for meat that they suffer but for dairy and eggs as well. It\'s all about the animals for me (and nature). Thank you for caring.

john pasqua
1 Years Ago


1 Years Ago

Thank you Jay for being so kind to these beautiful animals. I, myself is a vegetarian since i was 3 years old. I was lost in the market while i was with my grandma then. She and the people she asked help found me crying in front of dead meat of cows, pigs, since then i stopped eating meat. Whenever i saw canned goods such as meat loaf, corned beef, I somehow feel the stress these sweet animals suffer.

May there be more people like you Jay!

Ruth Ludgater
1 Years Ago

Real men are kind to animals. Thank you Jay for putting compassion into action.

Muriel Servaege
1 Years Ago

Thank you, Mr. Wilde. We need more people like you. I have stopped eating beef and I feel much better now.

1 Years Ago

The world need moo- re and moo- re people like you, Mr Wilde ;}


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