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From Veal Calf to Celebrity: The Extraordinary Life of Samuel

From Veal Calf to Celebrity: The Extraordinary Life of Samuel

Born on August 21, 2013, Samuel, a calf rescued from the dairy industry, has touched the hearts and minds of people all over the world.

Within just a few hours of birth Samuel and his twin brother were torn from their mother and locked in a tiny veal crate. Confused and frightened, all they could do was listen to the helpless calls of their mother as she cried out to be reunited with them. All around them were more calves just like them.

Twins are not desired by the dairy industry as they are usually smaller and weaker, and in Samuel and his brother’s case it wasn’t worthwhile rearing them until it was time to take them to the slaughterhouse.

Scared and completely unaware of what was going to happen next, Samuel and his brother sat  in their veal crate awaiting their fate, and Gaia Sanctuary had to make the heartbreaking choice between the two as they could only save one of them.

Upon entering their cage, they asked Samuel for forgiveness because they could only take his brother, and in that moment Samuel got up and tried desperately to escape the cage. They took this as a sign of who to save. It seemed like the two bothers had already agreed who would go and who would stay. As they bundled Samuel into the van they reassured him that what was to follow was nothing to be afraid of, and with heavy hearts for all those they had to leave behind, they started on their journey back to the sanctuary.

Watch the story of Samuel’s rescue below:

Samuel, un ternero rescatado de la industria láctea. from Santuario Gaia on Vimeo.

Samuel was in an extremely delicate state on arriving at the sanctuary and all anyone could do was hope and pray that he would pull through, and thankfully with a lot of love and care he did.

Since living at the sanctuary, Samuel has befriended many humans and animals alike, showing us that love knows no species. His story has warmed the hearts of thousands and it’s not hard to see why when you watch this beautiful calf jumping with joy, snuggling by the fire and giving kisses to hens. He has inspired people the world over to give up meat and dairy, becoming somewhat of a celebrity in his home country of Spain, and he even has his own children’s book dedicated to him!

Samuel is lucky to know the warm and loving embrace of his caregivers, to run and play free with his animal friends, to feel the sun on his back and the grass beneath his feet. He will grow old in the company of those that love him deeply and he will never have to be afraid again.

You can help to change the destiny of calves just like Samuel by choosing to reject dairy products and opt for cruelty free alternatives instead. Calves like Samuel are the byproduct of an inhumane and unnecessary industry, and they have to pay the price for our desire to consume their products.

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Photo Credit: Gaia Sanctuary

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10:22AM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

thanks for the great story

6:43AM PDT on Jul 12, 2014

well said, Mark

6:42AM PDT on Jul 12, 2014

great story

6:33PM PDT on May 29, 2014

i am so angry that man has created factory farming ;so angry man is so cruel to animals ;so angry my fellow americans are so gluttonous;so angry companies exploit torture,traumatize and slaughter animals for money we have 6.5 billion too many humans If there were only .5billion,man would appreciate our animal companions Just because they don't speak human language,man assumes they are stupid,have no emotions ,feel no pain Man is arrogant

11:57AM PDT on May 29, 2014

xxx

1:55AM PDT on May 29, 2014

Can we all change to Soya Milk?

5:16PM PDT on May 28, 2014

Beautiful. I am upset that his brother couldn't come as well. I know that is a fact of life, but it is a hard one to swallow.

12:08PM PDT on May 28, 2014

In just this one case, taking the brother as well should have been priority. Maybe they can usually only take one, but that was cruel; first his mother, then his brother as well, and now all alone to be murdered later....and this goes on millions of times a day all over the world.

5:03PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

I think if some hairless ugly mutated monkey species had tortured me to be murdered for food, I wouldn't be so gracious as this calf... I'd be looking for a few of those hairless monkeys that were responsible and give them a free pass to Satan's abode.

8:28AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Carol C. It's not about rescuing one more calf, but not causing more pain than has already occurred. I will repeat my earlier response to someone else:

The fact remains that, on top of the trauma of being separated from their mother, the two calves were separated from each other. While one received a good life, the one left behind was deprived of the only comfort he had for his last few days.

To me it sounds ironic that, while bemoaning the cruelty of separating calves from the mother (with which I agree), the article applauds a similar act of cruelty without much thought for the other calf.

Please correct me if I am wrong. It sounds like they meant to rescue a veal calf (any veal calf) to raise awareness of the veal industry. Didn’t have to be this particular calf. If “there is no way that the farmer would have let another calf be given away”, and “they were heartbroken leaving one behind”, I think there would have been other options besides separating the twins (BUY the other one; leave them both and buy a single calf; or go to a different farm. There’s no shortage of calves after all).

Why WOULDN'T they go to that trouble to spare the trauma to the other twin? Logic tells me this was more about publicity than helping a calf.

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