It’s just a few short days until spring and on a farm, that means one thing: babies.
Unfortunately, greater births can also mean greater deaths as animals, who are not useful to the agriculture industry, are culled.
Male chicks born into the egg industry can’t produce eggs nor are they suitable for meat production. As a result, they are routinely killed on the first day of their lives.
According to the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Domestic Poultry 4th Edition, “culled or surplus hatchlings… must be destroyed humanely by a recommended method such as carbon dioxide gassing or quick maceration.”
The Australian dairy industry tells a similar story, producing hundreds of thousands of unwanted bobby calves each year, the majority of whom are killed within the first week of their lives.
We know that farmers genuinely care about the animals they rear and often loathe the day when their animals are taken to slaughter. We also understand that farmers simply cannot afford to keep animals once they are no longer commercially viable.
So we found a solution.
Here at ‘Til The Cows Come Home we connect farmers to families so that a farmers liability can become someone elses best friend. We do this by working with farmers to rescue the animals they no longer need or want and adopt them to families who do.
“This work is incredibly fulfilling but we can’t do it alone. By working with us, farmers can continue to care for the animals they profit from and let us worry about the rest,” our founder, Donna Wild, says.
To further this endeavour, Til’ the Cows Come Home has announced a new campaign: Farmers Friends.
“The goal is to gain the trust of farmers Australia wide so we can work in partnership to improve animal welfare and farmer well-being.”
“I want to bridge the gap between vegans and farmers so we can work together without either side feeling scared or threatened,” Donna says.
By Genevieve Mater