I make this post in honor of Cow Appreciate Day and the billions of cows across the world who were not lucky enough to be saved.
On July 2nd, Toronto Cow Save held a 30-hour vigil outside “St. Helen’s Meatpackers” and “Ryding Regency” bovine killing facilities. Even though my body only allowed me to spend a few hours at the vigil, I saw hundreds of beautiful cows trapped in filthy transport trucks. Many were drooling, had wide eyes, and were obviously very stressed out and scared. It is amazing to me though, how quickly, even though all they have known from humans is cruelty, many of the cows will respond to a soft voice, or a gentle outstretched hand. The first photo captures a short few lovely moments I had with one bovine person, who, after only some kind words from me, placed some tiny kisses on the hand I had reaching into the truck. I wish I could have gotten a better picture of their face, but the driver of this transpor truck was cruel, and moved it to where we could not follow. I stayed with this cow until it became unsafe for me to do so, telling them how much I loved them, how I would stay with them as long as I could, and how I wished so much that I could stay with them until the end. It haunts me to think about what become of such a sweet individual, especially since “Ryding Regency” rarely stuns..
The second photo is me visiting my dear friend at a sanctuary whom I have known since he was a few months old. He is of a breed that is typically exploited for beef, and at the time this photo was taken, he would have already been slaughtered had he not been rescued. His favourite things include his herd-brother, Oliver, naps on human laps, and ear scratches. He is honestly one of the snuggliest souls I have ever met, and I am thankful that I have the honor of knowing him!
Two cows who faced two very different realities. I will love them both forever.
Please choose veganism and help cows everywhere. *Note that I think Gary Francione is awful, but the rest of the starter kit has value*