Please meet my new love… a cow named Star! The beautiful cows in this photo are residents at Uplands PEAK Sanctuary (People, Earth, and Animals in Kinship), which is located in Freedom, Indiana. How appropriate, that the animal residents are allowed to live in freedom in a town named Freedom! The brown and white cow sitting down in the front of the photo is named Freeda, and the brown cow standing in the back is named Star. When I first saw photos of Star, on PEAK’s Facebook Page, I fell in love instantly! 🙂
I highly recommend following PEAK on Instagram. It is so heartwarming to see regular photos and videos of the lucky residents of this sanctuary! This month they have been highlighting stories about their turkey named Lily, who was fortunate enough to “accidentally” fall off of the truck on the way to the slaughterhouse, and now she has such a great life on their farm!
To read a very touching article about the nature of turkeys, please check out this post by Free from Harm, “Moving Beyond the False Stereotypes of Turkeys” which begins with the following: “To understand the complex suffering of turkeys raised for “food,” it helps to know that in nature, young turkey siblings stay close to their mother for four or five months after they are born. She is the center of their universe. Although turkeys raised commercially never see their mothers, the expectation of her is alive in their genes. In nature…” (And speaking of choosing to not eat dead turkey meat, you might also like to read my previous post, “Peacefully Sourced Holiday Meals.”)
The Free from Harm website also has a post entitled “Former Meat and Dairy Farmers Redefining Humane Farming as Vegan” in which they say “So many meat and dairy farmers are going vegan, we had to start a new website for their stories.” (Check it out here: Stories.) And, they have a great post explaining how “humanely” raised milk and dairy products are not actually humane: “What about Humanely Raised Milk and Dairy Products?”
The thing is, friends, the cows are suffering tremendously, and it is my deepest prayer that more and more humans will awaken to the reality that the cows (and other animals, fish, birds, and bees) are being tortured. Once that awakening happens, I pray that the human species will, one by one, choose to eat a compassionate plant-based diet.
May All Beings Be Free From Harm.
May All Beings Be Happy!