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5 mothers who only want 1 thing this Mother's Day

5 mothers who only want 1 thing this Mother's Day

Posted 22 April 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: cows, calves, Mothers Day, dairy

These 5 mothers all want the same thing this Mother's Day:

She wants to see her baby grow up

Cows are well known for the strong bonds formed between mother and calf.

She wants to see her baby grow up

One study found that the strong bond between mother and calf was formed in as little as five minutes.

She wants to see her baby grow up

In a natural setting, cows will drink from their mother for several months, up to a year.

She wants to see her baby grow up

Mother cows have been reported to bellow and call out for their calves if they're separated.

She wants to see her baby grow up

But she won't get to.

To produce milk for humans, a dairy cow must keep giving birth to calves, usually every year. Her calves are normally taken away in the first 24 hours of their life, so that the milk she is producing to feed her newborn can be bottled for human consumption.


This video shows a calf being separated from his mother on the first day of his life. It's clearly distressing for her, it's distressing for him and it may be distressing for you to watch so please give it a miss if you feel you don't need to watch it.

There are more than 1 million cows in the Australian dairy industry today -- every single one is a mother. If they could have one thing this Mother's Day, I can guess what it would be ...

As long as the demand for dairy milk continues, mother cows and calves will continue to suffer as a result. The most powerful thing you can do to help dairy cows is to make the switch to dairy-free milk. Do something nice for the mother of another this Sunday 10 May and try a dairy-free alternative. There are so many delicious dairy-free options these days it's never been easier.

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If you're ready to help mother cows (and their calves) every day and ditch dairy for good, sign the pledge today.

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P.S. Wondering what happens to the male calves after they're taken from their mothers? This video, filmed in Victoria, shows the sad fate for unwanted calves, called "bobby calves". Warning: some graphic footage.

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Faisal Ali Juma Faisal Ali Juma 24 April 2015
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great happy
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Purple Princess Purple Princess 27 April 2015
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signed the pledge

clap clap ecstatic thumb
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Horse Horse 24 May 2015
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cow Cows are beautiful gentle creatures who don't deserve to be ripped away from their mothers/calves. They should live a long happy life just like humans get to!
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Hananio Hananio 30 May 2015
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This breaks my heart.  sad
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