Cow Rescue — Thelma & Louise

Viva! and Lisa James Animal Sanctuary join forces to rescue two pregnant dairy cows.

Cow Rescue

On 22 September 2018 Viva! and Lisa James Animal Sanctuary joined forces to rescue two pregnant dairy cows.

We heard that a dairy farm was closing and managed to save two of these gentle, wonderful mums-to-be; they were destined for slaughter and their babies would have been taken within 48 hours after birth. Juliet Gellatley, Viva!’s founder and Veronika Powell, Viva! senior campaigner drove to the farm and were mightily relieved and happy to get the two cows on board to freedom. They took them to Lisa’s beautiful sanctuary in Monmouthshire – a true haven for rescued farmed animals. The cows were driven into their new home – and it was exhilarating to such a privilege to see them run out of the truck into their forever home. They are in a lovely field next to the highland cows and cheeky male calves - also rescued from the dairy industry.

"When I was doing the filming for the Scary Dairy Face Off campaign, I witnessed neglect, abuse and cruelty at every turn. It can feel desperate not being able to rescue every animal. But I was determined to find a way to rescue at least one dairy cow. I‘m just so happy we could save two pregnant cows – so that these mothers will never have their babies torn from them. These mums and babies can represent the millions of their sisters and brothers that are still abused in farms across Britain. Hopefully through seeing them, and how wonderful they are, people will give up dairy and meat. Because, of course, the only way to truly rescue animals is to go vegan." Juliet Gellatley, Founder & Director, Viva!

Naming Competition Winners!

Following our naming competition the beautiful cows – both mums-to-be – rescued by Viva! and Lisa James Animal Sanctuary now have names!


We chose Thelma and Louise because of the parallels of what these cows have been through with their iconic film counterparts; and because they are two brave female friends who escaped – only with a very different ending! 

Congratulations to the five different people who entered our competition with those names! 

We had around 300 entrants so thank you so much to everyone, it was fun and heartwarming to go through all your ideas. 

Help take care of Thelma and Louise!

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