There are lots of ways to help cows, whether you are vegan or vegetarian, or simply wish to promote better welfare, if you eat meat. Male calves are often shot at birth as they have no financial benefit for farmers, or else they are sent abroad to be made into veal.
300,000 beef cattle yearly are killed to make burgers for fast food chains, read about the town that saw off McDonald’s. Leather is not a by-product of the meat industry, it’s a separate business. So again you can help by choosing vegan shoes (most leather is made in countries with lax animal welfare laws, and the tanning process is very polluting).
- Follow the Countryside Code to keep dogs and cattle safe.
- Sally-Anne (Wales) creates nice ‘no-bone china’ mugs!
- High Steaks is a book on why to eat less red meat, with progressive policy shifts to discourage factory farming.
- Report concerns for all farm animals at RSPCA (you can do this anonymously, if wished).
- If you drink milk, choose brands that allow calves to stay with their mothers (like Ahimsa Milk). Or at least choose certified organic brands, with better welfare. Also see the best brands of plant milk, plant-based cream and how to make vegan ice-cream.
- Find artisan vegan cheese and vegan Parmesan.
- See where to find the best veggie burgers.
- Buy tees, hoodies and beanies from clothing brands that help animals. These companies fund sanctuaries.
- If you are Muslim, One Arab Vegan has info on how you can still be vegan, Ramadan & Islamic vegan lifestyles. Find recipes in the book Vegan Recipes from the Middle East.
- Read how to help our small farmers and wildlife-friendly fencing alternatives. Find helpful info at Homeopathy at Wellie Level.
How to Stop Live Exports
Cows are one of the many animals that are exported live on ships (often on journeys that last days in heat – many suffocate or get trampled). This can occur to Europe or from Australia to the Middle East. And when they arrive, they are often killed, in countries with poor welfare laws. Compassion in World Farming has just launched a case against DEFRA, after the Scottish government hired a QC to keep live transport of calves for 135-hour trips to Europe (many people voted to leave to EU, on guarantee of banning live exports).
Green MEP Keith Taylor says that if Prime Minister Johnson does a trade deal with the World Trade Organisation, welfare laws will be even worse than the EU (for instance, it presently won’t allow the EU to ban the import of battery eggs, which is why consumers have power to stop it, as governments and trade organisations won’t). They and Eurogroup for Animals are trying to change the law, and encourage people never to eat veal (from live-exported calves who live in crates that are banned here). Sign the Stop the Trucks petition.
Don’t give leftovers to pets, as these recipes contain pet-toxic ingredients (soy, garlic, onion, salt, avocado, mushrooms). Never feed cooked bones to pet, this can cause choking. Recycle any plastic packaging at your local supermarket bag recycling bin.