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Meet Luna: The Baby Calf the Dairy Industry Wanted to Kill

Meet Luna: The Baby Calf the Dairy Industry Wanted to Kill

Rescued from the dairy industry at just four days old, Luna the calf is lucky to be alive.

After being born premature, her chances of survival were slim, but that was only the start of what she was up against.

Luna’s mother had a common disease in cattle which can cause abortion, and one which can also be passed from infected cows to their fetuses.

The farm didn’t want to take the risk of raising her to later find that she was unable to give birth, and therefore unable to give milk, which is the primary purpose of a cow born into the dairy industry.

So the very first day she entered this world was the very same day that she was separated from her mother and placed in a room, alone and afraid with a chain around her neck. Here she awaited her fate.

The vet was called to come and end her life, but when he arrived he saw a happy, healthy calf, and after taking one look into her big, beautiful blue eyes he knew he couldn’t do what the farmer was asking from him. That’s when Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary‘s phone rang.

Once we heard about Luna and her desperate situation, we knew we had to do something to save this little calf, so we put the wheels in motion to organize her rescue.

While we awaited her arrival to the sanctuary, we nervously prepared what would soon be her new house as we excitedly imagined the new life that we were about to welcome.

We readied everything we could think of to take care of a newly born calf and just as we were spreading out a fresh bale of straw for her bed, we heard a car horn honk at the sanctuary entrance.

Standing on four wobbly legs, looking a little bewildered was Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary’s newest addition, and she was truly a sight for sore eyes. Staring back at us was the sweetest girl we had ever seen, and as we held her close we whispered into her ear that we loved her and that she was finally safe.

With nightfall upon us we decided that Luna was an apt name for the shining light of hope that she was to become.

Since her rescue Luna has settled in amazingly to her new life. The first few days were hard but she has made a new best friend in one of our resident lambs. She loves skipping through the field, sleeping in the ferns, and of course feeding time!

While Luna’s story has a happy ending, it’s important for us to remember the millions of calves born into the dairy industry who are not so fortunate and are destined to endure the horrors inflicted upon them so that they can produce milk for human consumption.

Luna’s story is an inspiration and a reminder that there is a better way, and we can all make a positive difference to the lives of these beautiful animals by simply choosing to ditch dairy.

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5:33AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Aww..

7:01AM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

Re: Jenn C. Of July 31:

Perhaps are there surplus dairy calfskin given over to the horrors of

Veal production?

A blog worth reading:

www.farmsanctuary.org/learn/.../dairy/

I admit it being "hooked" on dairy, but I've given up most meat and All pork stuff.

Maybe I can ditch the dairy.

6:49AM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

So Cוte!! when will people understand that animals have feelings and need to be treated with love and respect? stop eating food that causes suffering and cruelty!

5:31AM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

Thank you.

1:05PM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

Thank God for good people who care about life and in this case Luna's life.

2:41AM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

"it (colostrum) boosts the health of the calf before they are moved to pails to drink from so that they may be raised for future dairy or beef use when they're older. Farmers derive no benefit, financial or otherwise, from simply killing off calves as they're born"

In other words you admit you do rip the calves away from their mothers with the accompanying extreme emotional trauma of both calf and mother, you're just saying you do it a tad later so the calves don't die.. because you want them around a bit later to murder and torture the baby animal for "financial" benefit. the "poor farmer trying to make a living (from terrorism and murder)" argument doesn't fool anyone. How would you like someone to do the exact same thing to your own kids. I have no sympathy taking all the psychopaths calling themselves farmers who do these type of atrocities, forcing them into bankruptcy and jail time.

12:47PM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

please think twice farmers and save the calves that do not bring you financial gain....please have a big heart

1:09AM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

I would like to thank all Care2 members who already signed my petition.
if no, please help give an happy end to that sad story :
1) Care 2
2) PeticaoPublica.com

But unfortunately this is still not the end of the sufferings for those animals. This Monday 28th july a stray horse was hit by a car and was euthanized due to an open fracture. link : Tribuna de Petropolis
As some people of the city and from the neighborhoods, took them to a sanctuary*, the hope is rising, it's up to you to make it grow by still sharing the petitions. I will tell you more about the sanctuary in the next update...

Thank you for caring

10:55AM PDT on Jul 31, 2014

Diane L. Was Ron C post "tongue in cheek"? I don't know and I guess only Ron C knows the answer. but why did he post a 3;22 on the 27 about bringing a bull in to breed her. Makes me think he knows diddly squat about how a sanctuary works, that is why I did not take it as a "tongue in cheek" post..

7:16AM PDT on Jul 31, 2014

Just clearing up a few points.

For the 'milk is unnatural is adults' crowd: "Somewhat less than 40% of people in the world retain the ability to digest lactose after childhood. The numbers are often given as close to 0% of Native Americans, 5% of Asians, 25% of African and Caribbean peoples, 50% of Mediterranean peoples and 90% of northern Europeans. Sweden has one of the world's highest percentages of lactase tolerant people." Ergo, most Caucasians successfully adapted to an enhanced diet that increases health and longevity, particularly in times of famine.

For the ignorant 'calves are ripped away from their mothers on Day 1' crowd: Calumny. Farmers can't do anything with colostrum and colostrum is produced at birth and for three days after. Calves have that amount of time with their mothers; it not only deals with the colostrum, it boosts the health of the calf before they are moved to pails to drink from so that they may be raised for future dairy or beef use when they're older. Farmers derive no benefit, financial or otherwise, from simply killing off calves as they're born.

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