A class trip to the Western Fair in September has inspired a young girl to launch a campaign to save a calf.
9-year-old Mena Murphy Qureshi went to the fair with her school and saw a calf in the Metroland Media Agriplex that she said was tied to a fence.
When she asked someone about the calf, she was told it would be slaughtered after it turns 2 years old.
That inspired her to start a petition calling on the Western Fair and the calf’s owner to spare it.
Mena hopes officials listen to her.
“I just want the baby cow to have a nice life and I think that the people on the farm who are taking care of the baby cow should actually think about how it has feelings too and it doesn’t want to die because it’s just an innocent cow,” she said. “I bet if it could talk, it would say, ‘I don’t want to be killed.'”
As of Friday morning at 7a.m. more than 72,100 people have signed Mena’s petition, which she plans to present to Western Fair staff at 4p.m. Friday afternoon.
Supporters and animal welfare advocates are encouraged to attend.