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Beef farmer regrets killing animals: turns vegan & liberates cows

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Jay Wilde stand with his remaining saved cows. A lifelong cattle farmer has given his 40,000 herd of cows to an animal sanctuary. Pic by Luke Johnston / Caters News

by Tanveer Mann
Courtesy of metro.uk

Jay Wilde, 59, moved his herd of 63 cattle to the sanctuary more than 150 miles from his farm in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, as he could not bear to see them killed.

The 59-year-old organic farmer felt so guilty taking his cattle to slaughter that he completely changed his business, growing wheat to be used for bread instead.

But he’s kept a handful of the cows on the farm to provide natural fertilizer for his crops.

Jay said: ‘I feel so much better farming this way. It’s a weight off my shoulders. It’s certainly not a normal thing to do as a farmer, but I’m happy about it.

‘I miss the cows, however it’s nice to think of them living a nice life in a sanctuary now. It just became more and more difficult taking them to slaughter.

‘You know they have thoughts, dreams, and personalities, so being taken to be killed was a horrible experience for them too.

‘I took that on board. It made sense. I was already questioning whether what I was doing was right.

‘I was put in touch with the Vegan Society and they suggested other types of farming to me.

‘When I agreed to begin farming crops instead of animals, I had no idea what to do with the cows.

‘They suggested that I could give them to sanctuaries, which seemed right, but we were expecting to have to give them away in twos and threes and for it to be a very long, complicated process.

‘However, Hillside Animal Sanctuary came forward and said they could take all of them. It was remarkable.

‘I’m glad to have saved them from that. Giving them away was definitely the right option.

‘I run a vegan farm now and selling the cows to be slaughtered did not seem like the right way to get the business started.’

Jay’s family bought the farm in 1956 and he grew up helping his dad to run it.

It was originally a dairy farm until his father’s death in 2011. After taking it over completely, Jay turned it into an organic beef production farm.

However, he found taking the cows to the slaughterhouse increasingly upsetting.

He also hosts festivals on his farm, and some attendees expressed their discomfort about attending a celebration on his farm when cows were sent to slaughter.

After one such festival, he was put in touch with the Vegan Society, who advised him that he could send his cattle, 30 of which were pregnant, to a sanctuary.

Jay said: ‘One of the people attending said some people were unhappy celebrating in a beef farm.

‘I took that on board. It made sense. I was already questioning whether what I was doing was right.

‘I was put in touch with the Vegan Society and they suggested other types of farming to me.

‘When I agreed to begin farming crops instead of animals, I had no idea what to do with the cows.

‘They suggested that I could give them to sanctuaries, which seemed right, but we were expecting to have to give them away in twos and threes and for it to be a very long, complicated process.

‘However, Hillside Animal Sanctuary came forward and said they could take all of them. It was remarkable.’

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/06/14/farmer-gives-up-herd-of-cattle-to-animal-sanctuary-after-becoming-vegetarian-6707557/#ixzz4nH6qfPcH

 

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