Skip to main content

Motherhood and Maternal Instincts

Share this:

Despite our desperate attempt to remove ourselves from our non-human brethren, we are animals, and we have a lot more animal instincts than we like to admit. Every woman will tell you that her drive to protect her young – what we call maternal instinct – is pure and fierce and real. We even call it an instinct – the maternal instinct. Any right-minded person would agree that this instinct exists in ALL animals. If we know this to be true, then how can we so arrogantly deny animals their desire to fulfill that very basic, fierce, real, powerful instinct? In this episode, I share a couple very moving stories about the connection between cows and their babies and how denying mothers this fundamental experience is one of the cruelest things we do.


HOW TO LISTEN / SUBSCRIBE TO FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

  1. Click PLAY on the player above.
  2. Listen and subscribe through Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsStitcherSpotifyiHeart RadioSoundcloud, or wherever you listen to podcasts. 
  3. Subscribe to the RSS feed

Food for Thought Podcast is listener-supported. Please join other supporters by going to Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau and becoming a patron.



Related Posts

Angry Vegan vs. Joyful Vegan
While feeling anger (or sorrow) at the plight of animals is understandable, letting anger define you is detrimental. In this episode, I discuss ho…
Horse-Related Expressions: The Obvious and the Obscure
Join me as I excavate dozens of horse-related expressions, idioms, and phrases that you use in your everyday speech. Some will be familiar, but so…
Why Vegan? Pick a Reason. Any Reason.
Some people choose to stop eating animal flesh and fluids to experience health benefits or to reverse a particular illness or ailment. Some people…

About Colleen

Hello, and welcome. I’m Colleen, aka The Joyful Vegan, and I’m here to give you the tools and resources you need to eat, cook, travel, and live compassionately and healthfully. 

Donating = Loving

For over twenty years, my work and podcast have remained free (and ad-free) and vibrant thanks to support from listeners, followers, and readers. I have no staff, no interns, and no assistant. What you see (and hear and watch) is a one-woman labor of love that is also my life and my livelihood. If this labor has impacted your life in the past year (or the past decades), please consider aiding its sustenance by becoming a patron or by making a one-time donation. Your support makes all the difference.

Favorite Things

Joyful Vegan Messageware

Wear your compassion on your sleeve (or chest or head!) by choosing any number of my message products.