Starfish Bobby Calf Project is a vegan animal rights group dedicated to rescuing bobby calves from the dairy industry and raising awareness of their plight.

Starfish rescues a small number of bobby calves each year. These calves become ambassadors for those who were not so lucky and were sent to slaughter.

We rehome our calves to forever homes where they will not be home-killed and used for meat. They live out their full, natural lives in the company of other cattle. They do not need to provide a product or service to humans to be deemed worthy of existence.


In New Zealand, every year an average of two million calves are sent to slaughter between four to ten days of age as they are considered surplus to requirements.

Like humans, a cow must give birth in order to begin producing milk. A dairy cow is impregnated each year and her calf is removed shortly after birth. Bobby calves are the unwanted calves that are considered surplus to requirements. They can be both female and male. They are sent to slaughter between the ages of 4-10 days old. A farmer cannot have a milking herd without cows that birthed calves. Calves play a vital role in the dairy industry.

We believe this is an unethical practice for a number of reasons, but mostly because it is cruel.


A vegan is a person who has decided not to consume or wear animal products of any kind.

Vegans do not eat meat, dairy, eggs or honey. They do not support animal-based entertainment such as animal circuses or rodeos. They do not wear the skins and fur of animals for fashion. It is perfectly possible for humans to live healthy and happy lives on a plant-based diet. According to American Dietetic Association, “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”

If you could live a happy and healthy life without harming animals, why wouldn’t you?



I pledge to take Starfish Bobby Calf Project's 30 Day Vegan Challenge!

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