Submitted By: Rebecca Tripp
Sammy was rescued from a dairy farm. In order for mothers to produce milk, they have to give birth, and since milk means money, cows are kept in a continuous cycle of forced pregnancy their entire lives (those who can’t get pregnant are slaughtered). Their babies are typically taken from them within 24 hours of birth so humans can have their breast milk. Baby girls will suffer the same fate as their mothers. Baby boys will be slaughtered shortly after birth, or fed formula and kept isolated in crates so small they are unable to walk or even turn around (to keep their muscles weak and supple) for the few short months of their lives before becoming veal. When the mother is “spent,” she is slaughtered too, as she is no longer profitable and therefore of no value to the farmer. Fortunately for Sammy, he was rescued and will live out his entire life at a sanctuary.