In the municipality of La Calera, Cundinamarca, located 30 minutes from Bogota, an important dairy farm with 25 years of operation and which produced more than 300 liters of milk per day, will seek to become an animal sanctuary to retire its dairy cows and retire from this productive activity.
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The animal sanctuary relies on a crowdfunding campaign
This will be done through a crowdfunding campaign that will seek to raise $95 million to retire 29 cows and 3 male calves. Natalia Gutiérrez Rivera, the dairy farmer who owns this farm, decided to work hand in hand with the Colombian sanctuary to find an economically viable way to end dairy farming on her farm.
So with over 70 bushels of lush native forest and a stream of pure water flowing through the mountains, as well as large pasture-rich meadows for the animals, the farm will become an animal sanctuary and host alternative income-generating and environmentally friendly activities. This will allow this family of dairy farmers to begin creating a 100% animal-friendly source of income.
“Of course, we can only do this if people help us because we need to give $95 million to this dairy farmer family so that they can formally hand over the animals to us and so that their change of economic activity is sustainable,” said Animal Sanctuary representative Namigni.
In that sense, the sanctuary intends to work with other livestock producers to support sustainable transitions that are good for the animals and for those who decide to stop exploiting them.
“When it comes to giving animals the respect they deserve, veganism is the answer, of course, but we need to find pragmatic solutions to help animals on sweatshop farms and the farmers who depend on them. This only works if it is beneficial for everyone and becomes an example of how such an important change is possible and supported by the community,” he said.
According to its managers, the farm has already stopped dairy farming and the herd of 32 cattle they had been producing has been integrated with the sanctuary’s larger herd of cows. The successful completion of this project depends on the success of the crowdfunding campaign, they said.
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