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Film about beef farmer who gave up ’73 cows’ in line for Bafta Award | ITV News

A story about a Derbyshire beef farmer who gave up his cows after a ‘terrible conflict’ is among the star-studded list of films in line for a Bafta.

The short film 73 cows portrays the story of Jay Wilde who released his cows, worth £40,000, to an animal sanctuary.

Explaining why he gave up the animals he said: “You felt as if you were betraying them because you made friends with them.”

Mr Wilde come from generations of farmers but said he felt a sense of “enormous relief” and that the “terrible conflict was gone” after he released the cows.

He is now turning his farm into a vegan enterprise and hopes the story will inspire others to think about sustainability.

“I hope I can promote more sustainable food production and carbon reduction and just make people’s lives better,” he told ITV News.

Asked how he would feel if his story wins at Sunday’s Baftas he said he would be “rather embarrassed”.

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