“There are many different types of these devices besides the one shown in this video, but all are preventing the natural, instinctual behavior of nursing by making it uncomfortable or painful for the baby, the mom, or both,” Coston said. “Psychologically, it’s traumatizing because it’s destroying that natural bond between them. The cruelest part is that whatever the type of farm, whether beef or dairy, they’re always going to take the baby away from their mother, and we know that, when given the choice, moms and babies stay together their entire lives.”
Coston sees this herself each day in a rescued mother and son living at Farm Sanctuary’s New York campus. Liz the cow and her then-newborn son, Cashew, came to the sanctuary two years ago.