There are billions of animals who suffer and die each day in our food system. The majority of these animals will never know anything but cruelty for their entire lives. Considering this, it’s always a joy to know that some farm animals are able to escape this sad fate.
Recently, five beautiful cows were rescued from a life of neglect. While they were not confined to crates or close quarters like their factory farmed counterparts, they were, much like others, simply thought of as commodities instead of truly sentient beings.
Their owner purchased them simply for the aim of qualifying for an agricultural tax subsidy, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports. Since they were simply dollar signs to him, he essentially discarded them on his property, leaving them on their own without adequate food or shelter.
Near the end of 2013, all five cows were found suffering from malnourishment. It was at this time that the local animal control and law enforcement agency in Palm Beach County, Fla., confiscated them from their owner, effectively ending their suffering and allowing them to start life anew.
In December 2013, these five rescued cows, now named Kelcey, Chetana, Kris, Kate, and Vegan, were transferred to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, a sanctuary for formally abused, abandoned, and neglected animals in Murchison, Texas run by The Fund for Animals in partnership with the HSUS.
Since their arrival, Kelcey, Chetana, Kris, Kate, and Vegan have been living the life they have always deserved and are getting endless love and attention from dedicated staff members and volunteers. What’s more, they are now able to roam 1,300 acres of open pasture with “more than 40 other cows rescued from equally-uncertain futures,” the HSUS reports.
As Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch director Ben Callison says, “All owned animals deserve care and respect, regardless of their perceived purpose. This cruelty case illustrates the disregard some have toward these magnificent creatures, and we are excited to have them live out their lives here with the dignity, respect, and care they deserve.”
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