Who has seen '73 cows'?
Who knows what Vivi is watching on the television?
This beautiful illustration by Luke Ives is from a scene in the second book of my children's vegan book series - Vivi and the Planet Protector.
I felt so full of hope when I heard the story of Jay Wilde, the first farmer in the UK to transition from beef farming to sustainable organic vegan farming and who donated his entire herd of cows to a sanctuary. We went to visit his herd at Hillside Animal sanctuary in Norfolk and it was incredible to see them there knowing that they were going to live out the rest of their lives in peace. I watched '73 cows' by @lockwoodfilm and felt so inspired by Jay's story that I decided to base a big part of my second story 𝕍𝕚𝕧𝕚 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕥𝕙𝕖 ℙ𝕝𝕒𝕟𝕖𝕥 ℙ𝕣𝕠𝕥𝕖𝕔𝕥𝕠𝕣 on his story...
And so Farmer Mudfoot was born! I recently sent Jay a copy of my new vegan children's book, thanking him for what he did and he replied with such a lovely message and invited us to visit his remaining "17 cows who are living their lives as rescue pets."💚 We look forward to doing that one day.
Let's hope that many other farmers will follow Jay's lead with the transition to farm plants instead of animals! 🙏🏻🌱
Tina Newman - Mum of 2 and author of the children's book series Vivi the Supervegan; fighting for more compassion and peace in this world.