On the Brink of Slaughter, 20 Lambs saved. Owner now a “Veggie”
A farmer in the United Kingdom denounced animal farming after a sudden strike of compassion hits him while he was on his way to an abattoir with lambs that were meant to be turned into meat, fetching him £9,000. 20 lambs saved by his sudden strike of empathy and compassion for defenseless animals! Stories like this prove how compassion can overpower death and the drive for financial gain.
A U.K. farmer donates his lambs because he was “too upset” while driving them to slaughterhouse
Sivalingam Vasanthakumar, who lives in Totnes, Devon, was on his way to a slaughterhouse with his 20 male lambs. That is quite a number and would have reportedly fetched him around £9,000. However, sometimes money cannot compensate for the smothered guilty conscience that comes with slaughtering innocent animals.
Vasanthakumar, who is 60, drove all the animals 200 miles farther to the Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries, near Kidderminster, Worcestershire, where the flock of lamb will thrive needing never to fear their untimely death.
20 lambs saved by his timely realization
The farmer reportedly grew attached to the animals over time and he decided to give them to a sanctuary to take care of them, instead of having them slaughtered as planned.
According to Devon Live, Vasanthakumar, who is simply known as “Kumar,” said he was overcome with emotions and had to change his mind. He also said that the whole process of slaughtering has always been very challenging for him, hearing the cowering inside of his trailer broke his heart. Heartbreak and guilt led the 47 year experienced farmer to take the economically drastic step and save the animal’s lives.
After the last trip, when the incident occurred, Kumar reportedly turned “veggie,” and said that it has changed his whole outlook. Although it is amazing to see the huge flocks of lamb grazing the happy fields of a protected sanctuary, the farmer’s economic position could stagger as a result of his abrupt compassion. To that he mentioned, although it was a difficult decision to make, it is right and he will be farming only vegetables from now on. He said the main reason for his decision was that he didn’t like the animals being killed.
Kumar explained that the animals would try to hide behind the trailer and he had to push and pull the devastated lambs out, all of which was, very stressful for both him and the animals.
“It was a very emotional time, I would have to watch all the animals I raised be lined up for slaughter.
I’ve always taken my animals to slaughter and killed the pork myself, I’m not ignorant to how farming works but it always made me stressed.
It would stress the animals out too, they knew their fate,” he said.
Comparing the farming outlook of his home country, Sri Lanka, he said the attitude towards animals in agriculture trade was different than it is in the United Kingdom. In Sri Lanka, his parents ran a dairy and all the animals were like pets to them, not livestock.
“I used to eat lamb but not any more, I’m a vegetarian now.”
The manager of the animal sanctuary said they’ve never received lambs from farmers ever before. The sanctuary hosts 220 animals. Kumar kept a few cattle in his fields, but they will forever roam freely. Isn’t this brilliant news? 20 lambs saved by just a strike of compassion! How often do we get to hear stories like this? What do you think? Let me know in comments.