Welcome Gene & Annabelle

Freedom Hill Sanctuary - Monday, September 17, 2012

Welcome to Freedom Hill Sanctuary Gene & Annabelle! Two gorgeous 'bobby' calves rescued from a dairy farm at just 6 days old. 

Gene is a beautiful Friesian steer and Annabelle is a gorgeous Jersey Heifer, both waste products of the dairy industry. For dairy cows to produce a continual supply of milk they have to be pregnant or have just given birth, their unwanted calves usually sent off to slaughter in the first few days of their lives. The milk from the mother cows is then used for human consumption. Most bobby calves are not as lucky as Gene & Annabelle, around 700,000 are slaughtered in Australia every year. If you would like to help little guys just like these, switch to dairy-free items when choosing your groceries and visit Vegan Online for a heap of delicious alternatives! 

Gene and Annabelle are now one month old and have settled into their new life at Freedom Hill. Gene is a cheeky boy who loves his cuddles. Annabelle is still a little shy but loves to show off to Gene, running as fast as she can around the paddock. If you haven't guessed already our darling Gene is named after Gene Baur, co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary in America, the first sanctuary for farmed animals. It was founded in 1986 and is now the largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organisation. They have rescued thousands of animals and have 3 different sanctuaries - on in Watkins Glen, New York and two in California. Such an inspiration! 

If you would like to learn more about the plight of the 'bobby' calf please visit Animals Australia - What you never knew about dairy. 

Love the gang at Freedom Hill xx