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 had 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 fashioned a rising attachment to the herd — particularly the cows and bulls used for breeding since they lived there longer than the kids 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 considering, feeling beings to their deaths.
On the similar time, he frightened about how they’d coexist long-term. Dan and his spouse had been getting older and located it more durable to feed the herd and supply the animals with individualized care. Additionally 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 known as us for assist final April, there have been round 60 cows in want.
Our workforce was moved by Dan’s change of coronary heart and dedication to discovering secure houses for his buddies. Sadly, we’ve seen many circumstances the place guardians, overwhelmed by care wants they’ll not meet, really feel they haven’t any different choices however to desert, promote, or kill their animals themselves. There’s additionally a scarcity of secure, loving houses, even when folks 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 workforce may do alone. Nonetheless, our rescue work can’t offset the systemic harms attributable to 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 share of animals in want.
We additionally follow accountable rescue, that means we gained’t obtain, refer, or place extra animals than a house can accommodate.
Farm Sanctuary cares for practically 700 animals between our New York and California shelters. Most stay in our care till they move, so we now have restricted area for newcomers every year.
With such numerous cows needing houses, no single supplier in our community may responsibly tackle Dan’s total herd. Although troublesome, a extra sensible final result could be to position bonded teams amongst as many FAAN houses as potential.