Many would think at 59-years-old, a man is set in his ways. Think again!
Cattle farmer Jay Wilde quietly made news recently when he spared the lives of 63 of his cows by moving them to an animal sanctuary more than 150 miles from his home in Derbyshire, England, but his message was loud and clear.
“It was very difficult to do your best to look after them and then send them to the slaughterhouse for what must be a terrifying death,” Wilde, reportedly a vegetarian for more than 25 years, explained to the BBC. “Cows have good memories and a range of emotions. They form relationships. I’ve even seen them cry.”
Powerful words from a man who had spent the majority of his life helping his father run the family dairy farm.
After his father’s death in 2011, Wilde gave up dairy farming in favor of organic beef production partly because he felt it was extremely difficult and distressing for the calves and cows to be separated.
More than that, he “couldn’t believe it was right to eat them” so after close to six decades, Wilde decided to transform his business completely and began farming crops instead of animals. He is now the proud owner of a vegan organic market farm that generates garden produce void of using animal products or fertilizers.
“I feel so much better farming this way. It’s a weight off my shoulders,” shared Wilde in a Metro UK article in which he described how he could no longer bear the guilt of taking the cows to slaughter. “Certainly not a normal thing to do as a farmer, but I’m happy about it.”
And so are we!
While Wilde does miss the cows, 30 which are pregnant, he finds tremendous solace knowing that they will all live the balance of their lives “essentially as pets” at The Hillside Animal Sanctuarynear Frettenham.
The sanctuary was founded in 1995 to help and campaign for animals in need, as well as to bring public awareness to the millions of animals suffering every day in the intensive factory farming industry.
According to its website, Hillside is now home to over 3000 animals and is one of the UK’s most successful campaigning organizations for the animals and against factory farming. While most of the rescued animals have been saved from the farming industry, Hillside is also home to nearly 2000 horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules.
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