On Mother’s Day, countless people will be gathering to celebrate their mothers. But there are millions of unloved and forgotten mothers out there who are abused, killed, tortured and have their children taken away from them every day.
They are mother sows, kept in tiny, filthy gestation crates while they give birth and feed their piglets. As PETA notes, "These intelligent social animals are deprived of natural sunlight and the feel of grass beneath their feet, until the day when they are shoved and prodded onto a truck bound for the slaughterhouse."
They are mother bears kidnapped and tortured to get extract their bile for traditional Chinese medicine, one of whom reportedly made the heartbreaking decision to mercy-kill their own child and then commit suicide to avoid years of torture on a bear bile farm.
They are mother cows, who cry for their calves when they are taken away, just hours after birth.
"Calves are taken from their mothers within 12-24 hours of birth. If nature was allowed to take its course—calves would suckle from their mother for several months, even up to a year," reports Animals Australia. "Mother cows, like most mammals have a strong maternal bond. One study found that this bond was formed in as little as five minutes. When calves are removed mother cows will frantically bellow for the offspring that they will never see again. Separated calves appear frightened and bewildered. Regardless of how this situation is handled this separation causes enormous stress for both the cow and calf."
There are so many animal moms who care about their children with the same intensity that human moms are capable of, but who never see their children and live lives of misery at the hands of their human captors. For them, Mother's Day is just another day of pain and sadness.
As millions of people gather for brunch or dinner to celebrate Mother's Day, how many will consider just how those eggs, that milk, that bacon, that burger, that chicken got to their plate as they sit and smile and toast their own mother?
Today, take a moment to think about all the forgotten animal mothers. Their sacrifice is much greater than most of us realize.
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