As we got closer, we realized that there were calf hutches outside and decided to take a closer look.
The hutch section was closed with fences so I had to sneak my way inside. My boyfriend stayed on the outside. As soon as I got inside and could see the hopeless calves, I knew my life had changed forever.
I have been vegan for years now, and I've watched Earthlings and lots of footages of slaughterhouses or other form of animal abuse. But nothing conveys the horror of animal exploitation like witnessing with your bare eyes the despair of another being, and seeing that they're begging you to help them and there's nothing you can do.
I spotted a very young calf (the brown one that's laying on the floor on the photo) and I started petting his beautiful coat and couldn't hold back the tears. The anger and sorrow were overwhelming. As I was still sitting on the floor with the baby, the farmer came in and my boyfriend joined us, fearing I'd get in trouble. The farmer started saying that these calves were very happy and that they were fed organic food and weren't given antibiotics. My boyfriend asked why they weren't with their mothers and the farmer said, in a laughter: "because we need the milk!".
The only thing I could do for the billions of cows and calves that go through this organised slavery every year, was to share this story. I tried, but I can't describe with words what we witnessed. The pictures I'll attach may help conveying the horror : helpless beings, tagged, separated from their mothers, crying, bouncing against the fences and the plastic hutches, sitting in their secretions and surrounded by flies.
I never saw so much distress.
And keep in mind that this is the best scenario they tell you about.
This is an organic farm in Switzerland; supposedly, it doesn't get better than that.
Be mindful that if you're not vegan, you are supporting this, you're funding the rape and abuse of others, the destruction of families, and systematic slavery. In addition to that, still thinking that human beings need to drink milk from other mammals, especially after having been weaned is moronic and quite disturbing, to be honest.
What we do to the nonhuman animals every second of every day of every week of every month of every year violates every law of compassion and justice.
Look at all the pictures.
Look into their eyes and realize that they are *someone* and that you can never own and use someone for your own ends.
We claim so hard to be superior as a species but what really differentiates us from the nonhumans is our expertness in creating endless cruelty and planetary annihilation.
Evolve. Go vegan.