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Vegan activists have rescued two pregnant dairy cows and taken them to a sanctuary.

Animal welfare charity Viva! teamed up with Lisa James Animal Sanctuary in Wales to save and rehome the animals.

The campaigners decribed the rescue as ‘exhilarating’ and ‘heartwarming’.

‘Gentle mums-to-be’

Writing on social media, Viva! Founder Juliet Gellatley said: “We heard that a dairy farm was closing and managed to save two of these gentle, wonderful mums-to-be…they were destined for slaughter and their babies would have been taken within 48 hours after birth.

“Veronika [from Viva!] and I drove to the farm and were mightily relieved and happy to get the two cows on board to freedom. We took them to Lisa’s beautiful sanctuary in Monmouthshire – a true haven for rescued farmed animals.”

‘Heartwarming’

“The cows…were driven into their new home – and it was exhilarating and heartwarming to see them run out of the truck into their forever home,” she added.

“They are in a lovely field next to the highland cows and cheeky male calves – also rescued from the dairy industry.”

Name the cows

A competition is now being held to name the two cows

“What would you suggest?” asks Juliet Gellatley. “Winners (we may choose names from different entries – name one or both) will receive a lovingly prepared hamper of Viva! Moo merchandise.

“Send your suggestions to campaigns@viva.org.uk by October 1.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.