'I’ve even seen them cry': Vegetarian farmer saves his cattle from abattoir by donating them to animal sanctuary
“Cows have good memories and a range of emotions. They form relationships. I’ve even seen them cry,” Mr Wilde said.
A herd of cows from the UK East Midlands will be mooing a sigh of relief thanks the kindness of their owner, vegetarian farmer Jay Wilde who has sent them to live out their days in an animal sanctuary.
Leaving their old cattle sheds at Bradley Nook Farm in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, the 59 cows were rehomed in Norfolk at the Hillside Animal Sanctuary on Monday.
A vegetarian for a total of 25 years, Mr Wilde told The Times that he found it “very difficult to do your best to look after them and then send them to the slaughterhouse for what must be a terrifying death.”
After growing up on the farm, the 59-year-old took over the business in 2011 when his father died. Mr Wilde also made the change from producing dairy goods to organic beef.
But he decided that he wanted to clear his conscience and profit no more from sending his cows to the slaughter house.
“I’m relieved to have made the decision to no longer farm animals, something which I always found quite upsetting,” Mr Wilde said.
“Cows have good memories and a range of emotions. They form relationships. I’ve even seen them cry.”