This 4th of July weekend has me thinking about all the cows who are undoubtedly contributing to this weekend’s grilling feasts.

I wanted to bring up some interesting facts about these beautiful animals, to perhaps persuade you to refrain from eating that burger this year.

Did you know?

♦ Cows can live 25 years.1

♦ Cows have almost total 360 degree panoramic vision and are able to see colors, except red (they are red-green color blind).1

♦ Cows are very social animals. They form large herds and will bond to some herd members while avoiding others. They “moo” and use different body positions and facial expressions to communicate with each other.1

♦ Each cow can recognize more than 100 members of the herd.2

♦ Research has shown that cows clearly understand cause-and-effect relationships—a sure sign of advanced cognitive abilities. For example, cows can learn how to push a lever to operate a drinking fountain when they’re thirsty or to press a button with their heads to release grain when they’re hungry. Researchers have found that not only can cows figure out problems, they also, like humans, enjoy the intellectual challenge and get excited when they find a solution.2

♦ These gentle giants mourn the deaths of and even separation from those they love, even shedding tears over their loss. The mother-calf bond is particularly strong, and there are countless reports of mother cows who continue to frantically call and search for their babies after the calves have been taken away and sold to veal or beef farms.2

For my 4th of July celebrations, I will be dining on veggie burgers (I like Amy’s, Gardenburger, and Dr. Praeger’s).

I will also be making a donation to Farm Sanctuary’s Emergency Rescue Fund so that animals like these 6 newborn male calves that were left for dead in Pennsylvania can find a home full of love, safety, and good health.

Until next time…

1 Cows
2 Hidden Lives of Cows


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