Cow Ribbon Campaign: Maybelle’s Story

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Cow Ribbon Campaign: Maybelle’s Story

get your ribbonAs we approach Mother’s Day (May 12th), it’s time to spread the word about compassion for all mothers with our Cow Ribbon Campaign.  This is part two in a series of stories about mother cows and their babies. Have you gotten your cow ribbon yet?

But first, why wear a cow ribbon?  What do dairy cows have to do with Mother’s Day?

Maybelle lives at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in New York now, but her origin story is a bit unique as compared to most dairy cows.  She was born on a large-scale farm in Pennsylvania in 2005.  When she was three years old, however, she was transferred to a New York historical site where people dress in period costumes and do demonstrations for the public to give some impression of life in 18th century America.  One such demonstration involved Maybelle, who was displayed for their milking exhibit.  Of course, she needed to give birth in order to produce milk, and as a result she was impregnated four times in the four years that she lived there.  One calf was born prematurely and died, and the other three were taken from her and sold.  Pretty standard stuff for dairy production, even in circumstances such as these.

When the staff at the historical site decided to end the milking demonstrations, they fortunately contacted Woodstock, who gladly accepted her.

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Maybelle (left) and Kayli (Photo: Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary)

One of Maybelle’s lost babies was sold to a petting zoo, and Woodstock has been attempting to reunite the two…but so far, the petting zoo has refused to give him up.

Speak out for Maybelle and her lost babies this Mother’s Day! You can get a cow ribbon of your own for a $5 donation.  As we learned last year from Our Henhouse’s Jasmin Singer, it can spark some really great conversations!

Want to spread the word online?  Check out these adorable e-cards and icons that you can use on Facebook or Twitter!

Next up: the story of Alexander, Blitzen, and Lawrence.

1 Comment

marv wheale

April 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Well written words Becci. They exude great compassion.

The late feminist vegan, Marti Kheel, said that animal husbandry is patriarchal and paternalistic. Farmed animals do not need a husband and they do not want to be a wife. The divorce is overdue. Meat and men are entangled power constructs. Ranching, intensive livestock operations, dairy farms, slaughter houses and meat packing plants in general are male fabricated and controlled. So we can’t simply refer to these enterprises as human institutions. Undoubtedly, anthropocentrism is real. Men and women both oppress animals. However anthropocentrism has its roots and life in androcentrism. We need to identify less as humans and more as animals. For that to happen men as a class need to refuse to dominate others as classes.

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