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Mourn­ing is not only done for the dead. Some­times, it’s for those who are still alive but have been taken away from us.

Cows are so­cial be­ings that can form close re­la­tion­ships with each other, es­pe­cially with their young. It takes nine months un­til a cow gives birth, so it’s not sur­pris­ing that moth­ers eas­ily get at­tached to their young and feel dev­as­tated once dairy farm­ers take the calves away just a few hours af­ter birth.

Dairy cows usu­ally try to hide or pro­tect their young, some­times go­ing as far as at­tack­ing who­ever tries to take away their ba­bies or

even chas­ing ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing their off­spring away. Once a mother cow no­tices that her calf is gone, she would start wail­ing and call­ing for her calf re­lent­lessly.

Un­for­tu­nately, there are only a few mother-and-calf re­unions: Most fe­male calves are taken away to be­come dairy cows just like their moth­ers, while male calves end up be­com­ing veal.

We all have dif­fer­ent ways of giv­ing re­spect to, and let­ting go of, our dead, but see­ing how an­i­mals mourn theirs shows us how ca­pa­ble they are of lov­ing oth­ers. Hope­fully, this changes our per­spec­tive on how we treat fel­low an­i­mals.

7 5. Hachikõ in his later years. Photo from Wikipedia / ar­chive copy at the Way­back Ma­chine (archived on 18 Septem­ber 2009)

6. Tokyo - The statue of Hachiko and his owner is built and lo­cated at the fac­ulty of Agri­cul­ture at To­dai uni­ver­sity where his owner worked as pro­fes­sor dur­ing be­ing alive. A chicken for sale also feels anger, des­per­a­tion, fear, and grief. Pigs suf­fer in cages on the way to the slaugh­ter­house. 7. 8 8.

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