May 9, 2013

Celebrating All Mothers on Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is right around the corner, making this the perfect time to honor your mother by helping mothers of all species.

Farmed animals, like all animals, have deep and meaningful bonds with their mothers. Mother hens take their chicks under their wings, providing protection, and chicks spend their first few weeks learning to scratch for food by observing the techniques of their mothers.

hen_chicks.jpgFor cows, the first few minutes after birth can mark the beginning of a lifelong relationship between a mother cow and her calf. Like human mothers, cows carry their young for nine months and they suckle them for nine to twelve months.

Mother.jpgHumans aren't the only species to learn from and admire their mothers, but we are the only species to deny other animals everything that is natural and important to them. Animal agriculture deprives hens of nesting material and a private space for laying an egg. Dairy cows are robbed of their calves so that their milk can be sold for human consumption. Pork producers confine mother sows in crates so small they cannot move for nearly their entire lives.

Tamworth-pig-and-piglet.jpgFortunately, we all have the power to help mothers confined on factory farms by adopting a kind and compassionate vegan lifestyle. Visit ChooseVeg.com for delicious recipes to honor all mothers this Mother's Day.
 
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