Dan joined the farming scene later in life — spending practically a decade constructing his herd. It was a enterprise funding: When the animals reached a sure age and weight, they have been despatched to slaughter. This sometimes takes lower than three years within the beef trade. In the meantime, cows can stay into their twenties.
Over time, nevertheless, Dan shaped a rising attachment to the herd — particularly the cows and bulls used for breeding since they lived there longer than the youngsters despatched to slaughter. Impressed by their intelligence, he started to rethink his relationship with them. Finally, Dan determined he couldn’t, in good religion, ship pondering, feeling beings to their deaths.
On the similar time, he nervous about how they’d coexist long-term. Dan and his spouse have been getting older and located it tougher to feed the herd and supply the animals with individualized care. In addition they struggled with the rising prices of this care: Ongoing drought has elevated the price of feed, and there have been extra mouths to feed now that they not despatched cows to slaughter.
When he referred to as us for assist final April, there have been round 60 cows in want.
Our group was moved by Dan’s change of coronary heart and dedication to discovering secure houses for his buddies. Sadly, we’ve seen many instances the place guardians, overwhelmed by care wants they’ll not meet, really feel they don’t have any different choices however to desert, promote, or kill their animals themselves. There’s additionally a scarcity of secure, loving houses, even when individuals know the place to look — like inside Farm Sanctuary’s Farm Animal Adoption Community (FAAN).
FAAN is a nationwide collective of sanctuaries and adopters offering secure, loving houses for animals in want. By working collectively, we are able to rescue and take care of extra animals than one group might do alone. Nonetheless, our rescue work can’t offset the systemic harms brought on by animal agriculture, which kills practically ten billion animals every year and breeds billions extra as replacements. Even when working at capability, our shared community can solely assist a tiny proportion of animals in want.
We additionally apply accountable rescue, that means we received’t obtain, refer, or place extra animals than a house can accommodate.
With such numerous cows needing houses, no single supplier in our community might responsibly tackle Dan’s complete herd. Although troublesome, a extra reasonable consequence could be to position bonded teams amongst as many FAAN houses as potential.