Life for cows on a dairy farm is difficult and devastating. Babies are taken from their mothers in what is a traumatic and heartbreaking experience for both the cow and calf. People who consume dairy might forget that in order for them to get the milk they enjoy, a cow has to give birth first and the milk must be kept from their baby in order for humans to buy it and use it. A cow from a dairy farm was recently given a happy ending though after being rescued by Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.
The cow, lovingly named Jo after Jo-Anne McArthur (founder of WeAnimals), had five babies taken from her while she was at the dairy farm. She also recently had mastitis, a major infection of the udder. Jo spent her life on the farm with a chain around her neck, tied to a pole, and forced to sleep on concrete.
The uplifting video above taken by her rescuers at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary shows her pure excitement and joy at seeing her pasture for the first time. In the caption, the sanctuary mentions that they’ll be monitoring her udder since she just suffered from mastitis. She’s being kept in isolation for one week, but will soon be introduced to other cows at the sanctuary — Maybelle, Kayli, Colin, and Woody.
You can help the sanctuary care for Jo by donating money to her care. On their Instagram account they write: “If you’d like to give Jo a housewarming gift of hay, you can via the link in bio or Venmo us directly @ Woodstock-Sanctuary. One bale of hay is $5.50, two bales is $11. Trust us, she’ll appreciate it.”
If you have empathy for Jo and understand that no animal deserves to live the way she was forced to live, please consider ditching dairy!
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