5 mothers who only want 1 thing this Mother's Day.

When it comes to motherly love, there's something most mums have in common... These five mothers all want the same thing this Mother's Day.
Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 25 April 2016

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A mother cow kissing her adorable looking baby calf

Cows are well known for the the strong bonds they form with their calves — starting from when their little ones are as young as five minutes old.

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A black and white mother cow sitting down on the grass with her baby calf

In a natural setting, cows will drink from their mother for several months, or longer — and generally stay close to their mothers, if they’re allowed to stay together.

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A dairy calf drinking milk from her mother cow standing on a green grass

Cows are doting, and protective of their calves. They’re such good mums, that they’ll even look after other calves in the herd if needed — like Aunties.

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A mother cow cleaning / licking her new born calf

Mother cows becoming visibly distressed when separated from their calves, and it is not unusual for them to bellow and call out for days when their babies are are taken from them.

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A mother cow cleaning / licking her new born calf

But she won’t get to.

To produce milk for humans, a dairy cow must keep giving birth to calves. Her calves are normally taken away in the first 24 hours of their life, so that the milk she is producing to feed her newborn can be bottled for human consumption.

The dairy industry doesn’t let cows do what they do best — be mums to their calves.

There are more than one million cows in the Australian dairy industry today — every single one is a mother. If they could have one thing this Mother’s Day, can you guess what (or more accurately, who) it might be?

Calves like Valentine belong with their mothers.

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A cow licking her baby calf with logo of Edgar's Mission on the right top corner of the image

Clarabelle lived on a dairy farm. She had endured many Mother’s Days without her calves, who were all taken away so that her milk could be sold. But she will be sharing this Mother’s Day — and many more yet — with her beloved Valentine, who was born after Clarabelle was rescued by Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary. After giving birth, Clarabelle hid her calf in long grass — unaware that, for the first time in her life, this calf would not only be safe — but allowed to stay by her side for the rest of her days.

Show some love to mums this Mother’s Day

As long as the demand for dairy milk continues, mother cows and calves will continue to suffer as a result. The most powerful thing you can do to help dairy cows is to make the switch to dairy-free milk. Do something nice for the mother of another this Sunday 10 May and try a dairy-free alternative. With so so many delicious dairy-free options these days it’s never been easier to be kind to cows and their calves!

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Dairy free options with milks, cheese and ice cream

If you’re ready to help mother cows (and their calves) every day, sign the pledge to go dairy-free today!

PLEDGE TO GO DAIRY-FREE

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