Emma was destined to live a short and tragic life, like the majority of cows. She was bred for her meat in terrible conditions, the breeders just counting the days until she was ready to be slaughtered.
The cow had never lived peacefully or with a herd of her own species. All she ever knew was the inside of the metal cage where she was kept.
This miserable existence is the only explanation for the tears that pour from her big brown eyes. Emma seems to be constantly crying, and veterinarians confirmed that they are stress-induced tears.
Once again this proves that animals - especially cows - are acutely aware of their surroundings and capable of experiencing emotions linked to their current conditions. There are no doubts about these big tears - they are the result of deep disarray.
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But luckily for Emma, in an exceptional intervention, she had the chance to be freed from her cruel destiny.
A group of animal-loving activists fought to gain ownership of Emma and 25 other cows, saving them from a certain death. TheKuhrettung Rhein-Bergsanctuaryis a peaceful place where cows can roam freely and enjoy the tranquility of their own kind, as well as the great outdoors and ample green grass, as nature intended. The sanctuary's founder explained:
We founded an association together with the farmer, whom we won over with the idea for our project.The association's goal is to create a sanctuary, so they may continue living in their familiar surroundings, under best animal welfare conditions, hopefully until the natural end of their lives.
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Thanks to this wonderful initiative, Emma is tasting freedom and relaxation for the first time in her existence. What's more, she is now part of a herd, constantly surrounded by her new friends.
And she's not crying anymore.
Like many other sanctuaries around the world, the Kuhrettung Rhein-Berg center takes care of animals that were victims of cruel treatment by giving them the most simple and most beautiful present of all - being able to live peacefully and freely.
Have another look at these moving images of Emma: