For those of us who are mothers, the very thought of having your child ripped away from you is simply unfathomable. However, there are mothers out there that have this done repeatedly, year after year. In a recent video that was sent to the organization SAFE, you can actually witness the heartbreak as a mother cow chases her young behind a trailer. Can you imagine what she is feeling as her calves are being driven away? Stress, despair, and helpless are only a few emotions that come to mind.
This video is a sad reminder of the plight that cows endure for the frivolous pleasures of humans. Cows crave affection, have emotions, and have feelings just like any other living being. They are no different from your household pets! In fact, cows are very social animals that can make lifelong friends, avoid others, and form strong bonds with their young. Knowing this how could anyone be ok with separating this mother from her children?
Sadly, this heartbreaking event probably wasn’t the first time and it most likely won’t be the last. Many people don’t realize that in order for a mother cow to produce milk, she has to give birth to a baby. Unfortunately, because that milk is often designated for human consumption and profit, dairy calves are taken away from their mothers moments after birth. For most babies born on farms, they will either be doomed to the same fate as their mothers or raised for meat. Either way, this isn’t the sort of life, suffering, or hopelessness any living being should be exposed to.
To learn more about the life of a dairy cow, click here.