A farmer in New Hampshire has been blown away by the response from a video which was posted to Facebook on February 9. The video, uploaded to the Yankee Farmers Market LLC Facebook page, has gone viral – with over 12 million views so far.
The video is of an undeniably cute Scottish Highland calf named “Pitcher Diego,” who is being warmed up after being born on a snowy day in Warner. The calf belongs to Brian Farmer, a rancher who is stunned by the response the video has drawn. Farmer, who is quoted in a CBS News article, has expressed his dismay over the public’s outcry following the video’s release, “I’m not sure how you get that much negativity out of a picture of a baby cow.”
The negative response is from people who do not want to see the fuzzy, cute calf slaughtered – Farmer has stated that this particular calf will be used for breeding, not for meat. But, Farmer wants the public to know that cows who live on his ranch are allowed to roam freely, and that they are raised “healthy and happy.” His ranch does not promote mass production and he believes in giving the animals on his farm the “best life possible.”
What do you think? Is it okay for advocates to fight for the life of a calf just because the calf is cute? Or should ranchers who support a humane lifestyle for their livestock be supported? Please comment below.
(Screenshot via Facebook video)