Amy

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Amy

By Lisa Selvaggio on ThirdEye.ParagonEarth.com

If only I could do as she has done. But I am not a cow, I am a human, and as such, I know nothing of unconditional love or true freedom or genuine forgiveness. Amy embodies all of these things, thanks to her rescuers, who unselfishly provide for her and the other lucky ones at their sanctuary. And until all animals are safe and free, Amy will be a reminder of what could and should be. 

There was no use for her; she would only be a financial burden. Her bond with her mother and her twin broken, her fate was to die on a veal farm, to become some human’s unnatural meal. At three weeks, still helpless, Amy was abandoned in isolation at the back of a dark, cold stall, denied food, water, safety, and comfort. She would never feel the gentle touch of her mother’s nose, nor be able to drink her mother’s milk, made for her and her alone. Everything that was her birthright had been robbed from her, and she, infertile and therefore unable to be forced into a life of artificial inseminations and successive heartbreaks to fulfill the selfish farmer’s desire for dairy, would be sent to slaughter.

It didn’t matter if she starved, it didn’t matter that she was severely malnourished and dehydrated, dying slowly, because she would not be able to turn a large enough profit. She was a defective product that would be thrown away. Her needs and feelings were not a concern to the farmer, yet she was just a baby, all alone in a harsh, concrete world that showed no remorse.

Even though Amy is safe now, having been rescued just in time by For the Animals Sanctuary in New Jersey, and even though she now gets to smell the air as the seasons change and bask in the warmth of the sun while lying in the grass, the truth remains: that countless others like her have met and will meet the fate that she so narrowly avoided.

And although she has found a companion to comfort her at her sanctuary, another cow named Hope who was saved from slaughter after she could no longer produce milk, the fact can never be forgotten: that she will never know her family even though she is a creature that thrives upon those bonds. We can question what happened to her mother and her twin, but we know the horrific answer.

Amy—all of Amy: her strong body, her gentle eyes, her endearing spirit—was thrown away as though she didn’t have a soul, as if she didn’t have a right to exist, and she was going to end up crowded into a truck where she would barely be able to move (if she would even have had the strength to stand), was going to be forced into a line that would lead her to a bullet through the head and a slashing open of her neck.

Her skin would have been torn off and her limbs would have been sectioned off, and little by little, you would no longer be able to recognize her. Her flesh would be packaged, possibly mixed with the flesh of other cows, and treated to appear fresher to the unknowing and/or uncaring consumer who would find her on his dinner plate.

But Amy was one of the very few lucky ones, a tiny fraction of a percentage of all the ones who are slaughtered every minute of every day. You can visit Amy now, safe and sound at For the Animals. Almost one year old, she has grown and flourished, and will continue to do so. When you look at her, you can see the faces of all the cows just like her that are harmless, innocent, and simply crave to live their lives as Nature intends.

But what is most amazing is the fact that in her eyes there is no hatred for mankind, there is no fear as you approach her and stroke the softness of her black and white coat.

Apparently, she has forgiven the whole of humanity and has chosen not to hold a grudge, choosing instead to focus on the caring saviors who brought her here and the visitors who come to connect with her. We find it extremely difficult to forgive our transgressors, but this cow, who, from the moment of her birth, knew nothing but hate and evil at the hands of humans, is gentle and welcoming. She has forgiven humanity for everything I cannot. Her concern now is to enjoy life, letting go of the past and focusing on the warm, safe future ahead of her.

If only I could do as she has done. But I am not a cow, I am a human, and as such, I know nothing of unconditional love or true freedom or genuine forgiveness. Amy embodies all of these things, thanks to her rescuers, who unselfishly provide for her and the other lucky ones at their sanctuary. And until all animals are safe and free, Amy will be a reminder of what could and should be.