Seneca cows slaughter

Toronto students outraged after beloved cows sent to slaughter

A group of warm-hearted veterinary students are both heartbroken and furious this week after learning what happened to four baby cows they helped raise (and raise money for) as part of their education.

"In September my friends and I met Bambi, Pongo, Chester and Huey; 4 young male cows," wrote Racheal Seifried in the description of a GoFundMe campaign last month. 

"These cows are not livestock, they are kept in a small herd of 4 and loved on every day."

My program consists of endless smoooooches 💋🐮

A post shared by Dawn Tan (@dawnjtan) on

The calves were technically teaching aids, used as part of Seneca's Veterinary Technology program, but students grew to love them all the same.

"They act like large dogs, essentially," said first-year student Erika Landry to CTV on Wednesday. "They're very snugly, very docile. They're beautiful creatures."

Thus, when she and her fellow students found out that their calves would be auctioned off for meat at the end of the semester, they sprung into action.

Within just one month, the students raised more than $3,000 to relocate Bambi, Pongo, Chester and Huey to the Love of Brian Farm Sanctuary

Everything was all lined up and good to go, or so thought the students and sanctuary workers, on Tuesday when they learned that the calves were gone. 

"This morning it was brought to our attention that the calves were sold to a veal farmer," wrote Seifried in an update. "The entire group devoting their time, money and knowledge to this campaign is heartbroken and hopes the boys have the most peaceful end to their life that is possible in a situation like this."

The students had meant to buy the cows themselves at auction, as they were not allowed to purchase them from the college itself.

Unfortunately, they were given the wrong date and lost out to a farmer.

Students were told by the program's coordinator, Emma Brown, during a meeting on Wednesday that the college could change its policy regarding cows in the future.

For now, all money raised by the students will be donated to Love of Brian for the rescue and care of future cows.

Lead photo by

holymariaxo/Instagram


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

Here's the official list of everything reopening in Toronto for Step 2

There's one city in Ontario that won't be allowed to reopen as part of Step 2

Indoor gatherings are finally allowed again as part of Step 2 in Ontario next week

Ontario will officially move into Step 2 of reopening next week

Another person has been charged for the homophobic assault at the Toronto Islands

There's a new push for Toronto to rename Dundas Street

Toronto will continue evictions in other encampments and people have concerns

5 subway stations are shutting down on the TTC this weekend