Mother Cow Chases After Her Stolen Calves In Heartbreaking Video

By John Vibes / Truth Theory

A heartbreaking video showing a mother cow chasing after her calves as they are being driven away in a cage was released by the New Zealand-based animal rights group SAFE. The exact details behind the video or the outcome for these animals are unknown, but the video was sent to the organization by a concerned citizen.

Sadly, this is a common occurrence on dairy farms, where cows are forcibly impregnated so they can produce milk. To make matters worse, their children are taken away from them within days of their births, creating significant trauma for all involved.

On most industrial dairy farms, cows are typically killed before they are allowed to grow old, and are usually own kept for as long as they can be exploited by their handlers. The constant cycles of breeding and lactation also cause the cow’s body to break down and age even quicker than they would in the wild. In fact, animals on factory farms generally grow unnaturally fast, at a rate 3 times greater than if they were left alone. Dairy cows spend most of their lives pregnant, with just a few short months between each pregnancy.

A dairy cow should naturally live for two decades or even longer, but under these conditions in captivity they only live to be about five years on average.

In the United States, 99% of farm animals are raised on factory farms, but despite these overwhelming numbers, 75% of Americans still believe that they are buying cruelty-free meat, eggs, and dairy, according to PetPedia.

On July 7, 2012, a prominent international group of cognitive neuroscientists, neuropharmacologists, neurophysiologists, neuroanatomists, and computational neuroscientists gathered at the University of Cambridge to assess the conscious experience and related behaviors in human and non-human animals. The statement they wrote is known as the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness. This international team of scientists stated that “Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors.”

Image credit: SAFE

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