Jack Black, James Brown & Barry White
"One life matters - especially to the one whose life it is." Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Birth date: Barry October 2014, James & Jack January 2015
Arrival date: 20 Jun 15
Most people aren't aware that in order to produce milk, dairy cows are kept almost continually pregnant. Unwanted male calves (known as 'bobby calves') are sent to slaughter in their first week of life so that their mothers' milk can be harvested for human consumption.1
Barry White, James Brown & Jack black are just three (gorgeous) faces of the 700,000 calves discarded by the Dairy Industry as "waste products" of milk production each year in Australia. At just four months old their life has been a tumultuous one.
Born into the dairy industry to mothers who only knew them for only five days, these three were destined for slaughter, but found a temporary reprieve through being purchased by a petting zoo.
With the best of intentions and a love of animals, people often don't realise that the animals in petting zoos, as fragile babies, are often subjected to a lot of unnatural stresses. The stress of being taken from their mothers is often enough to lead to illness in young animals, and sure enough little Barry White struggled through two cases of pneumonia, stunting his growth such that he was the same size as his 3 month younger friends, James & Jack.
Whilst it's easy to see the appeal of petting cute baby animals from a humans perspective, the reality from the animals perspective is often a grim one. These animals face many potential stresses such as travel trauma, mishandling, unsatisfactory care, denial of natural behaviours and then once they start to grow into adults they are sent off to the sale-yards (where their fate is usually a grisly one) and replaced with younger, 'cuter' versions.
Arriving at Little Oak at around 4 months old, these little boys were still as gorgeous to us as they possibly could be. Here they will be valued for who they are, not whether or not they produce milk nor only for their fleeting youth. These boys will be beautiful advocates for their beautiful brothers in the dairy industry, and for all of those animals exploited in petting zoos.
These boys have endured so much purely because of the demand for dairy products. The power to make a difference is in your hands, please learn more and choose wisely.
Help Protect Cows
For their size, cattle are remarkably gentle creatures. Despite their gentle nature and capacity to suffer as any other animal, cows aren't protected by the same laws as dogs and cats. 'Codes of Practice' side-step the rules, meaning that painful procedures can be undertaken without pain relief, and their lives are routinely ended well before their natural lifespan has been reached. It doesn't have to be this way.
When you sponsor a Little Oak calf or cow you will be helping protect all cattle. Your sponsorship will support Little Oak's essential advocacy work – sharing the stories of individual cows and the plight of their kind across the nation.
Sponsor today, and we'll take you on a journey to learn more about cattle through our regular updates - exclusive only to our monthly sponsors. We'll also keep you up to date on how your monthly gifts are helping to secure a brighter future for the cows at Little Oak, and their kind across Australia.
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