Vegan Activists Rescue Pregnant Dairy Cows From Slaughter

The animals will now live out their years in a sanctuary
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The two pregnant cows were rescued and rehomed (Photo: Juliet Gellatley)

Vegan activists have rescued two pregnant dairy cows and taken them to a sanctuary.

Animal welfare charity Viva! teamed up with Lisa James Animal Sanctuary in Wales to save and rehome the animals.

The campaigners decribed the rescue as 'exhilarating' and 'heartwarming'.

'Gentle mums-to-be'

Writing on social media, Viva! Founder Juliet Gellatley said: "We heard that a dairy farm was closing and managed to save two of these gentle, wonderful mums-to-be…they were destined for slaughter and their babies would have been taken within 48 hours after birth.

"Veronika [from Viva!] and I drove to the farm and were mightily relieved and happy to get the two cows on board to freedom. We took them to Lisa's beautiful sanctuary in Monmouthshire – a true haven for rescued farmed animals."

Dairy cows on a farm

The dairy cows were rescued from slaughter

'Heartwarming'

"The cows...were driven into their new home – and it was exhilarating and heartwarming to see them run out of the truck into their forever home," she added.

"They are in a lovely field next to the highland cows and cheeky male calves - also rescued from the dairy industry."

Name the cows

A competition is now being held to name the two cows

"What would you suggest?" asks Juliet Gellatley. "Winners (we may choose names from different entries - name one or both) will receive a lovingly prepared hamper of Viva! Moo merchandise.

"Send your suggestions to campaigns@viva.org.uk by October 1."

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