Mike Lanigan, a farmer in Uxbridge, Ontario, decided he loves his animals too much to send them to a butcher.
The expense of running a farm, Lanigan had no option but to buy cows for butcher to pay the bills.
“I never liked that part”, said Lanigan, “As a farmer you can kid of just turn off that part” he explained in a video made by his employee, Edith Barabash.
This was, however, up until a couple of months ago. Lanigan was helping a newborn calf get its first milk. Then he remembered Wilfred Fletcher, an old man who previously worked for his father on the farm, and how loving he had been with the cows. Then he looked back at the calf.
“And then I thought how hypocritical of me to give something so much love and the end thing is so different from that love”.
That’s when he turned to his cashier from the farmers market where he sells vegetables every week for ideas to change things at the farm.
Lanigan has now turned his cattle farm into a sanctuary farm, where all the animals can live out their days in peace.
One day, Lanigan hopes to take in more cows in need of homes, like those that have been seized by animal control from neglectful owners.
Lanigan is now looking for official sanctuary status to gain the start-up money needed to carry on running, for example raising cows.