This Calf Bears a Cross

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The only time I ever thought that I’d get the chance to say, “Holy cow,” and mean it literally is when I talk about PETA’s pope cow. Turns out I was wrong.

Moses the calf was born with the pattern of a cross on his forehead, inspiring the awe-struck owners of the Connecticut dairy farm where he lives to spare his life. Male calves born on dairy farms are usually destined to be sent off to veal farms and spend their short lives chained in veal crates that don’t allow them space to take a single step in any direction. Moses’ birthmark has spared him that fate, and he is being sent to a place where he can live happily and freely.

While Moses’ owners are willing to spare his life—a miracle if we’ve ever heard one—this divine intervention has us crossing our fingers in the hopes that these farmers will save every one of their cows.

Curious, clever, and loving, every cow is a beautiful marvel. Like dogs who form packs, cows prefer to spend their time together, forging complex relationships. Mother cows are unendingly maternal and can be heard crying out for their calves days after they are ripped apart from one another on factory farms. Spare the life of an animal every time you eat by going vegan—you’ll save nearly 200 lives every year. Now that’s a lot of miracles!

Written by Logan Scherer

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