On the surface, milk may look white and pure but the depths of the dairy industry are extremely disturbing. From environmental impacts, to harming human health and the cows themselves, that glass of white milk comes from a pretty dark place.

The dairy industry has become a mass of factory farms, where atrocities take place on a daily basis. The cows are not seen as living beings, but just machines.

Not only does the dairy industry place cows in horrible conditions, when these cows stop producing milk and become a ‘cost’ to the farms, they are sent to slaughter. In fact, dairy farms send 245,000 cows to slaughter every year.

The video below will have you torn between happiness and grim realization. It will make you happy to see the pure joy these cow exhibit as they literally jump for joy in their field of freedom. However, it will also make you realize that these beautiful animals shouldn’t be literally milked for all their worth, attached to machines and under constant stress.

These 25 cows are the lucky ones. After years of being on a dairy farm just outside Cologne, Germany, they were expected to go to slaughter when the farm couldn’t afford to keep them anymore. This is when Anke Heublein, founder of the fundraising club Save the Cows in Rhein-Berg, took action to rescue the cows from a horrible death.

Heublein’s hope is to allow these cows to live out their entire life span, about 20 years, in a stress-free environment. Her hopes are only possible through donations and support. The video itself is proof that she is doing the right thing.

These cows, like all animals, deserve to live in the world with us, not suffer at our hands. You can’t ignore the happiness these cows experience in this video, which reminds us they are sentient creatures and it’s time for us to let them live again!