The story of three very lucky calves
Each week in Victoria there are sales conducted where the baby calves that are surplus to the needs of the dairy industry are taken and sold. Many go directly to abattoirs while others are sold to be ‘grown out’ (read fattened up) and then killed. Maid Marion was the first to catch my eye, so much smaller than any calf at the sale that day and penned on her own, her defencelessness drew me to her. But it was when I looked directly into her eye that I heard her plea for mercy. Little John was the last calf offered for sale on the day. He was clearly sick and weak. Several attempts were made to make the poor fellow stand before he staggered bewildered around the yard only to collapse down again.
Male calves are of little value and it appeared sick ones even more so … but we thought he was priceless.
Buying animals from livestock markets is not something I particularly advocate unless it is going to do something beyond keeping the status quo of the industry. The purchase of these three tiny calves certainly achieved this. Instead of being dead within the next 24 hours, they secured national TV coverage by way of the 7PM Project and in doing so gave a voice to millions of other not so lucky calves. The outpouring of emotion from the public as a result of that story has been truly overwhelming.
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