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Friday May 17, 2013

I’m holding a 3 day old baby goat.  He’s absolutely precious!  His cry is adorable.  Of course, I’m stating the obvious.  All babies are cute.

This little guy should be running and jumping and acting hilarious, like normal kids do.  But, he’s not doing that because he has 4 deformed legs that won’t even hold the weight of his tiny body.  He’s going to need a LOT of help.  He still might not make it.

Sadly, babies are born deformed.  It happens all the time.  Life isn’t fair.  In his case, he had 3 other siblings.  He was just so cramped in the womb that he didn’t develop normally.

Here’s the problem, though…

This kid is the product of a goat breeder.  It just so happens that the breeder is a “first time” breeder, but that doesn’t really matter.  A breeder is a breeder.  I’m talking about the dairy industry.

As I already mentioned, the mother goat who delivered this kid had 3 other babies.  The breeder didn’t think this one would live.  She focused her energy on the other three.

A day or two later, the breeder realized that this kid was still alive.  He wasn’t going to just die.

Now what?

The breeder doesn’t have time for bottle feeding.  This kid needs bottle feeding every 2-3 hours for at least a week.

The breeder can’t be bothered with a crippled goat.  This kid is completely dependent in every way.

What to do?  Of course:  Call a goat rescue.

Yes, that’s a very good thing to do.  I give her that.  It’s very good that she sought help.  She did the right thing by calling someone who cares about animals, and who has the experience to help.

But here’s the thing…

This kind of passing the buck (no pun intended) is completely unfair to the goat sanctuary owner.  I think it really “stinks” that breeders can basically dump their little inconveniences onto the people who run sanctuaries.

I wonder if the breeder offered to pay for any of the costs that the sanctuary owner will obviously incur, to take care of this kid.

What I just described is just one of the many problems I have with small dairy farms.

But, in general, I can’t stomach the dairy industry on any level.

I can’t stomach dairy products because I can’t accept the mentality that it’s okay to bring life into this world just to turn around and take it away.

Dairy breeders for all species (i.e. goats, sheep, cows) depend on continuous pregnancies to keep all that milk flowing.

Dairy breeders on farms of all sizes are in the business of killing unwanted baby animals.  This is simply the only way a dairy can make any money.  Extra bodies that aren’t producing milk are a drain on the business.  There are too many mouths to feed!

  • Male babies are killed because they won’t ever produce milk.
  • Female babies are killed because their numbers still inevitably become too numerous on the dairy farm.  Farms only need a small number of “replacements” for their “old” and “unproductive” mothers.  (Retirement = Death).

It’s really quite rare for a baby animal to get the kind of chance that the kid I’m holding in the picture is getting.  But, that certainly doesn’t make it okay to continue breeding animals.

Dairy really does make me sick to my stomach.

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Updates here…

I’d like you to meet my buddy, Opie.  Opie is a wether (castrated ram) who lives at New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary.

When I volunteer at the rescue on Fridays, Opie is usually eager to rub his head against my thigh for as long as I’ll let him.  This is okay when I wear pants, but in the summer I have to tell him no.  His wool is just too abrasive against bare legs!

Like the ocean– I’ve learned to “never turn my back” on Opie.  If I do, he’ll run up and try to butt me in the rear.  If I do turn my back– and then see him running toward me– all I have to do is turn around and put my hand out.  He stops right in his tracks!  Opie could do some damage to me if he wanted, but the truth is, he’s just a lover.  Enjoy these pictures of my fluffy friend.

Eric with Emmett & Opie – 3/19/10

Elisa & Opie – 3/19/10

Opie – 3/16/12

Elisa & Opie – 3/16/12

Such a sweet guy!

My friend.

Opie running toward me!

Acting tough!

Opie is a sentient being– just like me and just like you.

Opie with his full winter coat – 3/23/12

6/14/12 – He’s so handsome when he gets a haircut. And so skinny!

Lazy summer days – 8/03/12

Elisa & Opie – 8/10/12

Opie is safe, but too many of his brothers and sisters are not.  Here are some ways that you can help:

  1. Don’t eat sheep (lamb, mutton).
  2. Don’t eat cheese made from sheep’s milk.
  3. Don’t buy items made from wool.  Learn more about the wool industry.
  4. Don’t buy personal care products that contain lanolin.  Don’t buy products tested on animals.
  5. Learn about vegan sources of Vitamin D (that don’t contain lanolin).  Buy Vitashine Vegan Vitamin D3 or Global Health Trax Plant Based Vitamin D3.
  6. Go VEGAN.
"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

“Every time you purchase animal products you pay assassins to murder sentient beings for you.”

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