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Cows are farmed extensively for their meat, milk, and hides, and frequently endure cruelty and trauma within the industrial farming system. In the U.S., more than 29 million cows suffer and die in the meat and dairy industries every year. Young cows face branding, dehorning, and castration without painkillers and when they are old enough, most cows raised for beef spent their short lives on filthy, outdoor feedlots before being sent to slaughter.

Cows used in the dairy industry are kept nearly constantly pregnant, so that they continue producing high quantities of milk. Their newborn calves are traumatically taken away from them so that their milk can be sold. After only a few years, their bodies are exhausted and these mothers are sent to slaughter. Female calves are raised in the cycle of the dairy industry, while male calves are killed after only a few weeks, and sold as veal.

Cows deserve better. They are incredibly sensitive beings, capable of feeling complex emotions and forming deep bonds.



– Cows are highly devoted mothers and mourn the death of and separation from those they love, often calling out and searching for their babies.

– Calves will nurse from their mothers for up to three years if given the opportunity.

– Researchers have found that cows not only can solve problems but also enjoy the intellectual challenge and get excited when they find a solution, just as humans do.

– Cow herds have complex social dynamics and relationships are very important to them. Each cow can recognize 50 or more members of the herd!


Cows are clever, inquisitive, playful, and sweet. Their natural curiosity and large size can make them challenging to keep, but a little extra knowledge will help you and your cows live harmoniously together. Read on for more information about how to keep your cows happy and healthy.


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