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Bruno: A New Perspective on Happy Cows

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Bruno: A New Perspective on Happy Cows

Sitting in my office in downtown Boston I stared out the frosted glass and dreamt of Italy. A small farm filled with animals wandering in green pastures, clucking at my heels, waiting eagerly to have grain and hay thrown into their troughs. One more month, and I would be volunteering on a small organic dairy farm nestled in the pristine Italian countryside.

While I had been a vegetarian for five years at that point, I loved cheese, and the idea of being as close to the source as possible was enticing. I wanted to know where my food came from, to be part of its growth and life. What could be more idyllic than to live my life by the chimes of the church bell and oscillating calls of impatient cows?

When I first arrived, the farm was everything I had hoped for. Each morning I awoke to the church bells I had dreamed of. After a classic European breakfast, complete with fresh milk, I trudged up the hill to clean out the cow and goat stalls, and feed the chickens. Then, if the weather suited, I would go for a walk in the woods with the goats, or down to the pasture with the cows. It was serene.

The story I truly want to tell you though is about one cow in particular, a cow to whom I owe a great deal:


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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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11:46AM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

I am glad you posted this as it shows "humane" is not really ethical either. The only ethical way is not to eat meat or animal products at all. I am sad reading this story but glad you shared it

4:02PM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

7:47AM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

bless you for sharing this heartfelt story......sadness lingers

5:32AM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Nicely written!

8:26PM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

excellent me something to ponder.....

4:32PM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

I don't know how anyone could raise animals and then send them to become food.

3:00AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

thank you for posting bruno's story 7/7

12:51PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

I am sure there are people starving that would love to have had some meat from Bruno. Even the Native Americans would thank the animal and respect it before killing it and eatting it. We are certainly omnivores and have been since the dawn of man and discovering the necessity of killing animals to survive. Do you think they just lived on fruit and nuts? I love animals and once we start thinking of them as humans and putting them before humans is where the sin begins. I will not put an animal over the needs of humans. My father became very ill as a child with anemia, my grandmother who owned a ranch gave him fresh blood from an Angus cow and it saved his life. How dare any one of you judge those who eat meat? Do you ever think of how others have to live who have no choice? Even with a choice it is the choice of some people to decide what their diet will be. Some of you have probably never lived in an area overrun by wild hogs that do damage to crops, kill farm animals, dogs, cats, chickens and have attacked humans. These animals need to be killed. They are destructive and there is no other way to deal with them. The meat is often distributed to the poor where allowed by law. This story makes me sick only because of its misplaced sentimentality and narcissism. I think some people need to grow up and face the realities of the world. If you are a vegetarian fine, a vegan fine, a meat eater fine. Most of us are free to choose. Others may judge you for your choice

10:45AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Kim W. - your comment sickens me because it is a good example of ignorance and narrow mindedness, with a big scoop of idiotic race beliefs. NO we are NOT omnivores. We are herbivores. Do some research instead of just blurting out things which are completely untrue just because it suits you to live that way. I am a vegan as are millions of people in the world. We do no harm to any other living beings. We are very healthy (I am nearly 60), we do not need supplements to stay healthy. The food we eat contains every single nutrient that the body needs. Unlike meat eaters we do not suffer from arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, etc etc. Look up some proper information on vegan lifestyle and philosophy. You will be totally amazed.

10:31AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Avril V. - your comment is childish and pathetic and makes no sense. Grow up and think about what you are saying.

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