Everyone loves a happy animal story! Two years ago, there was the happy cow dancing from joy after being rescued from the meat industry. A year ago, this crying cow was rescued and given a happy ending. Now the most recent sensation is Knickers, the Australian steer, who became famous for his size. Standing at six feet and four inches, he took over the internet and people were shocked at his size. It was revealed that thanks to his size, he would be exempt from slaughter because he wouldn’t fit in the production chain. That sounds like good news, but the reason so many people were surprised by Knicker’s size is actually very sad.

Source: Farm Sanctuary

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The reason we don’t often see such big Holstein steer is because they are slaughtered long before reaching their life expectancy. Most steer do not grow as old as Knickers, who is seven years old and has grown to his full potential. Farm Sanctuary says, “The reason it’s so rare to see such a big Holstein steer is that our demand for cheap meat and dairy products rarely allows them to become full-grown, which generally happens around 4 years old.”

That’s why it’s no surprise that a steer even taller than Knickers lives on Farm Sanctuary. Tweed stands at six feet and eight inches. He was rescued by Farm Sanctuary and will never be sent to slaughter like the steer and cows in factory farms. Farm Sanctuary explain the cruel reality of the meat industry: “Millions of these calves from the dairy industry are sent to slaughter after 12 months. Hundreds of thousands of other male calves born into the dairy industry are sent to slaughter for veal at 16 to 18 weeks old.” On Farm Sanctuary, Holstein steer live to be between 10 and 19 years old — that is the natural course of life for these precious animals.

Try These Plant-Based Beef Alternatives

If you are saddened by the truth of the veal and beef industries, we can help you get started on your vegan journey. Here are some delicious recipes from our Food Monster App that you can make to replace your usual beef dishes:

10-Minute Seitan ‘Beef’ and Broccoli

10-Minute Seitan “Beef” and Broccoli

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This 10-Minute Seitan ‘Beef’ and Broccoli by Kristen Genton is a quick, easy version of the classic Chinese dish, beef and broccoli. The slightly spicey, sweet sauce coats the tender broccoli and the sautéed seitan and the whole thing is topped with fresh green onions and sesame seeds. You’ll never have to order delivery again.

Beef-Style Stew

Vegan Beef-Style Stew

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Although Zsu Dever‘s Beef-Style Stew dish sounds fancy, it is ready surprisingly fast. The recipe calls for seitan, but you could also try it with Beyond Meat strips or just add more vegetables and skip the vegan protein. The choice is yours as this recipe does not rely on the protein to make it fantastic. The quick gremolata, a mixture of parsley, garlic and lemon zest, adds a welcome piquant flavor and cuts through the richness of the stew.

These delicious recipes are proof that you don’t need meat! We hope you enjoy them! But if you aren’t completely convinced by the ethical reasons to stop eating beef, maybe some environmental information might be what you need to read. If you’re interested in going vegan, or taking it one meal at a time, download our Food Monster App where we have over 15,000 vegan and allergy-friendly recipes. There is something for everyone!

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Lead Image Source: Farm Sanctuary