To everyone who has helped support Anticarnist in its first year, I’d like to say a massive THANK YOU! It’s because of you that Anticarnist is able to now place a donation of a whopping £1300 to Hillside Animal Sanctuary. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.
As you may have already seen in the news, beef farmer Jay Wilde had been raising cows all his life but could no longer accept making money from them and decided to donate his herd to Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk last month.
Jay grew up working with the family’s cows when he started to realise that there was much more to these animals than we are led to believe. “I began to see that cows recognise each other, and they’ve got very good memories. They also experience a range of emotions – they can be sad, happy, bored, excited. They do also have facial expressions. You can tell what a cow’s thinking by looking at it. I’ve even seen cows cry.”
As time went on, Jay decided to stop eating meat. He explains, “Cows are conscious of what goes on around them – they have personalities and an inner life. They’re not just units of food. Knowing them personally makes it more difficult to think about eating them.”
Despite the herd being worth around £50,000, with the help of the Vegan Society who initially contacted the sanctuary, the 59 cows are able to live out their natural lifespans of around 25 years in permanent sanctuary instead of going to slaughter at 2 to 3 years old.
Hillside Animal Sanctuary is also home to over 3000 animals. Many of which have been rescued from the factory farming industry. They rely on donations from the public in order to house and feed all the horses, donkeys, sheep, cows, pigs and chickens, so please spread the word and consider helping in any way you can. It’s one of my favourite places in the world to visit, so be sure to check out their next open day.
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