_hannahspannah_How beautiful is this calf? 🐄 She came to me for nuzzles and strokes but she also wanted to suck my fingers. That's the bit that's sad 😢. She's been taken from her Mum far too young and her poor Mum is probably mourning her. This is where I'm not a good vegan 🌱. Whilst I do not consume any animals 🐄🐓🐖🦃🐑🐟, animal products 🐝🧀🥛 or derivative's, by visiting my son's most favourite place - his happy place 😁, I'm playing my part in keeping the dairy 🥛 🧀 , meat and egg industry going. A 'true' vegan would not visit here but I can't not let my son go as he has to make his own mind up. It's the hard part of being a vegan in Yorkshire, in a traditional town surrounded by farms and just across the river from an animal market 😢. The other part of me knows that these babies will be there regardless of whether I go or not. They don't have the life nature intended but they do have a good life. I feel compelled to cuddle, love and treat them with compassion ❤️. I basically want to mother all the babies.
So yes Vegan police 👮🌱 I am vegan and I do visit and petting farm. I'm sorry. The more I educate myself, the more uncomfortable 😣 I feel whilst I'm there so I think that's punishment enough for me. I'm doing the best I can and making the best choices that I'm able to.
Back to the beautiful calf though. I wanted to climb in and spoon 🥄 her.
- porridgeandparentingI'm exactly the same as you. I do my bit by not consuming animals but it is nearly impossible to avoid everything that hardcore vegans deem unacceptable. I think if you just do everything with love and compassion and the best intentions then that's enough.
- _hannahspannah_Thank you @porridgeandparenting x
- _hannahspannah_Cutie or what @mamamummymum
- that.yoga.lifeYou are teaching your son that these animals are more than numbers - they are individuals. I think there is value in that.
- _hannahspannah_Thank you @that.yoga.life I am doing my best and I really appreciate everyone's support. He knows that I don't eat meat or consume dairy etc and I think that's enough for now - he knows that people live like I do and when he questions, I'll try to find an age appropriate response
- themedicalmummyI'm not vegan but I am also moving further away from dairy. As a mother the thought of the calves being separated is much! Ahimsa milk is slaughter free milk (spent cows go to sanctuary, no veal), but I think the calves are still taken away. However it's a step in the right direction. I worked out that if everyone ate a quarter of the dairy that they do, but were prepared to pay more for it, all dairy could be farmed slaughter free with substantial benefits for the environment in terms of CO2. I'm still on the waiting list for ahimsa so have settled for daylesford organic unhomogenised milk for Lils. They only milk twice a day and the cows are mainly outside on nice pastures , plus their packaging is revolutionary as its manufactured from chalk xx
- linzeeloulabelleOh that's super cute. It's a nice thing to teach your son
- themedicalmummyActually I just checked and ahimsa milk the calves stay with their mothers x
- gingermumblog@themedicalmummy im loving this info!
- icklepickleslifeandtravelsOh I hear you! I'm not vegan but totally get what you mean, living in West Wales we're the same x
- gingermumblogIt's such a sad way to produce milk. My boys drink so much of it but I will look into this ahimsa milk!
- _hannahspannah_I'll look into that ahimsa milk for my son although I couldn't go back to it myself. What happens to boy calves though? Girls are kept to produce themselves and boys are usually sent for the 'V' word or 'dispatched' at a couple of days old as they have zero value @themedicalmummy? I love Koko milk it's so creamy and doesn't taste like coconut to me
- _hannahspannah_Thanks @linzeeloulabelle
- _hannahspannah_It's so hard!! Once you start to research, you come across more and more! @icklepickleslifeandtravels x
- _hannahspannah_It's a hard pill to swallow isn't it @gingermumblog. I would never like to preach or try and convert but healthy discussion is so good I think
- themedicalmummy@_hannahspannah_ I messaged them yesterday and they got straight back to me and said that the calves stay with their mums until independent. They market themselves as slaughter free so I think there's no veal. They have a cow sanctuary. They only offer raw milk at the moment as they are trying to find new land but you can get on the waiting list for pasteurised. Im prepared to wait! I really hope their small farm takes off and others are inspired to move towards slaughter free. Would make easier drinking!!
- frugalfamilyAaw look at that little face x
- underfooteYes, exactly this is why I gave up drinking milk recently. A colleague is a farmer and she was telling me how the little calves cry for days when they're taken from their mums. I also decided not to visit the lambing or calving events at local farms for the same reason.
- thisdayiloveLove cows! I prefer non dairy milk and cheese so that's what I eat also eat non dairy butter. But do eat meat.
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