Vegetarian Beef Farmer Decides To Send His Cows To An Animal Sanctuary

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In the United Kingdom, Jay is truly a one of a kind beef farmer. After several years of work, he decided to offer his cows the life they have always dreamed of by sending them to a sanctuary.

 

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Jay is a vegetarian and believes that cows, just like humans, are capable of feeling emotions, forming relationships with each other and even crying when they are sent off to be killed. He said in an interview with the BBC:

 

You can tell that they're happy, sad, bored and you can tell there's something going on behind the eyes. 

 

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But how exactly does a vegetarian find himself running a beef farm? Quite simply, he inherited it from his father, who died in 2011. He then felt obliged to take over the family farm and make sure it was a success.

 

When you inherit a farm it feels like a duty to keep its life continuing into the future.

 

For several years, Jay has taken over his father's business, sending cows to the slaughterhouse.

 

It just seemed difficult to look after the animals for two or three years and get to really know them and then send them to slaughter. You felt as though you were betraying them. 

 

By selling the cows, Jay could earn up to $57,000, but he said the money has never interested him.

 

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The cows are now being cared for by Hillside Animal Sanctuary where they can live out the rest of their lives in peace.

 

I hope that when they arrive at the refuge the cows will run down the ramp of the lorry into the field and think "Wow, we've come on holiday!"

 

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Jay has said goodbye to this friends but not without shedding a few tears. He now knows that their fate is no longer in the hands of the meat industry and they they will be able to live out the remainder of their days happily.

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