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Vegan Short Film “73 Cows” Nominated for BAFTA 2019 Award

73 Cows
Image: Lockwood Film

73 Cows, a vegan short film about a dairy farmer’s vegan journey, was nominated for the 72nd British Academy Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards.

The film features Jay Wilde, a dairy farmer from Derbyshire, UK who gave his cows to an animal sanctuary then became vegan when he couldn’t live with the guilt of exploiting and sending his cows to slaughter anymore.

“Cows have good memories and a range of emotions. They form relationships. I’ve even seen them cry,” Wilde told BBC.

“It was very difficult to do your best to look after them and then send them to the slaughterhouse for what must be a terrifying death.”

Filmmaker Alex Lockwood caught Wilde’s interesting story and asked for his and his wife Katja’s permission to make a short film about the farmer’s vegan journey.

After getting the farmer’s approval, Lockwood himself financed and directed the film.

When asked about the film’s success and nomination for BAFTA 2019, Lockwood said: “I’m over the moon to have been nominated for a BAFTA. I’m really proud of the team and I think we’re all just a little bit shocked at the moment. It hasn’t quite sunk it. “

“When we set out with no budget and a such a small team, we never anticipated that the film would get the response that it is.”

“We’ve all been making films for a long time and so it’s great to finally produce something which is having an impact.”

“We owe a huge thanks to Jay and Katja Wilde for letting us tell their story which has resonated with so many people.”

Wilde’s story made headlines in 2017 when he revealed that he gave all his cows to Hillside Animal Sanctuary so he could become an organic vegetable farmer, with the support of vegan organization The Vegan Society.

He struggled to escape his family’s farming tradition but he couldn’t see an alternative anymore.

“We did [our] best to look after them [the cattle], but you knew you were going to betray them. You really couldn’t look them in the eye,” Wilde admitted.

“What we were doing worked in the past, but it’s no longer fit for purpose really. It consumes too many resources, it’s morally indefensible if you think animals are anything more than meat.”

The 2019 BAFTA winners will be announced in a ceremony on February 10.

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Roxanne Libatique

Written by Roxanne Libatique

Roxanne is a vegan journalist and advocate for animal rights and mental health. She tries to live consciously and spends her free time traveling, enjoying vegan food, volunteering, and speaking up for all animals. Connect with her at @roxlibatique on Twitter and Instagram.

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