Happy Cows

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This blog post was inspired by this delightful calf who was frolicking in a field near Lacock where we walked on Tuesday, and by this interesting read from Fimnora.

If we are going to ‘use’ animals, I think at least we should strive to enhance their lives as much as they enhance ours – in mutualistic symbiosis. Compare pictures of cows in factory farms and this one above. An obvious difference visually to us, a world of difference to this young calf.

This was a most unusual field, full of deep troughs and valleys where an entire herd of cows could disappear and reappear in an instant. They were very skittish – racing about in a way I’ve never seen cows behave. I sincerely hope they are not high on poisonous buttercups!

They seemed happy enough just to be outside enjoying the sunshine. I wish the same for you dear reader this weekend. x

11 thoughts on “Happy Cows

  1. Personally, I avoid animal products. For I do not care for the notion of eating warm-blooded mammals or using their skins for whatever. Though I confess to owning some shoes and belts. However, I get full use from them, before discarding. Using neatsfoot oil to keep them supple, etc.

    Lovely post!
    Cheers Jamie.

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  2. Thank you, Kim! I’m so honored that you referred to my story from yesterday! I love the picture you’ve posted here. I love seeing cows in fields of flowers. I had no idea, however, that buttercups were poisonous. I agree, I don’t think I’ve seen cows doing much more than happily grazing, and enjoying the sun! I love this time of year.

    Hoping your day is lovely as well!

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    1. Apparently buttercups are poisonous to cows, though they generally avoid them. I didn’t know this either until yesterday. It was a beautiful meadow though, right next to a river. I love this time of year too. x

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  3. I come from a dairy farming land where there are no factory farms. Even so, it’s hard to fathom people eating meat, knowing the intelligence of animals, the way cows make friends with each other, the grief they feel when their friends or their children are taken from them. On the other hand, not everyone can be vegetarian, for health or other reasons.

    Here its pretty common to see cows frolicking, and recently had a great time watching a cow play with a stray piece of newspaper 🙂

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    1. It is true, when you imagine being that animal on the farm and sent to an early death to be food for someone else, it is difficult to see the humanity in it. But I can also see from other points of view. So many people are doing all they can merely to survive, to get through the day – whether with physical, emotional, financial or mental health problems, or perhaps some other of the world’s injustices is a priority to them. I can understand that too.

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      1. Oh yes, so absolutely true. This is a hard world we live in, and I honestly believe most people are doing the very best they can for themselves and others too.

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  4. I like your thoughts on this post. I’m a little bemused with what health problems, could prevent someone being vegetarian? Yeah I’m aware of the bi-cuspids, etc. However we also possess, free will.

    I find it strange how many people call animals stupid? As you point out Sarah, animals too grieve. Factory farms are abhorrent and an affront to humanity. Thanks for your anecdotes. Cheers Jamie.

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    1. Jamie, some people fail to thrive on a vegetarian diet. Also, some people can’t absorb non-haeme iron and also can’t tolerate iron pills, so that leaves them kind of stuck needing to eat meat for the essential intake of iron. The Dalai Lama is not vegetarian because he is prone to anemia.

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  5. I pride myself on on how happy all my friends are in my urban farm. Chickens, dogs, birds and people pretty much dance around all day. Not only does it make for a happy and harmonious environment, my eggs taste amazing! I never have any veterinary issues ever either. When stress is removed from an environment, we all are much more healthy.

    I also don’t think that there is anything better in this world than seeing another species express pure joy. If you can be part of that, then that’s what this life is all about. Connection and joy.

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    1. Your farm sounds like a great place to be for both animals and people. I enjoy following your blog and was interested in your recent post about keeping chickens. I’m not able to keep them where I live right now as it’s a rented house, but I do hope to some day. And I absolutely agree about creating a harmonious environment for all. Thanks for stopping by, so nice to connect with you 🙂

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