Friends NOT Food Cow T-shirt

Cows are intelligent beings who experience love, pain and fear, among other emotions. Yet, they are commodified for their flesh and their bodily fluids meant for their own offspring.

The beautiful girl featured on this shirt is a dairy cow that I spent some time with at the World Dairy Expo. I call her Bernadette, which means “brave as a bear.” Like the 2,300+ cows at this annual 5-day event, she was tied up with a very short leash preventing her from moving much. Typically curious as cows are, she managed to stick her nose into a large fan and slice it open. Do you see her stitches? My heart breaks for Bernadette and all the others brought into this world for the sole purpose of human benefit.

Many people, including vegetarians, are surprised to learn the truth about the dairy industry. The notion that animals are not harmed or killed to produce cows’ milk, ice cream, butter, etc. is a falacy. Inherent in this business is the separation of babies from their mothers shortly after birth, which is very traumatic. Male calves are of no use to the industry because they don’t produce milk. As a result, they are slaughtered as babies to become veal, after leading lives confinement and severe restriction which prevents muscle development. Female dairy calves follow in their mothers’ hoof steps and are repeatedly impregnated so that their bodies will continue to make milk. Like humans, they carry their young for 9 months, but have their children taken away. Once they are “spent,” or no longer profitable, dairy cows are killed long before living out their expected natural lifespans.

Please help spread the word that cows are our friends, NOT our food.


• Black shirt with Bernadette cow print on the front, Dirty Snouts logo on the left sleeve.

• 100% cotton. Available in adult (unisex), women’s cut and youth sizes. See the t-shirt sizing guide in the photo gallery and the tabs below for more detailed shirt information.

• Ten percent of all direct sales are donated to farm animal sanctuaries. See the Animal Friends page for current sanctuary recipient(s).

• Eco-friendly, printed by hand with water-based inks in Wisconsin. Ethically produced in WRAP-certified (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production), sweatshop and child labor free factories.

• Size exchanges only. Please contact me prior to ordering if you have any questions.

NOTE: Shirt and ink colors may vary a little bit from what you see here, as all monitors and screens are different.


There is research confirming that mother cows form strong emotional bonds with their calves and that they show signs of distress when they are separated.


These 2″ Vinca earrings pair so well with my Dirty Snouts merch that I had to order some of them. Get yours now at a reduced price, with any shirt or jewelry purchase. Dimensions: ~2″ long x 3/8″ wide.

Save time and money with eco-friendly GIFT WRAP (see photos). Choose from options below. Please include any special requests, such as an accompanying message in the Notes section of your order.

Select the Adult Unisex option if you’re going for a standard t-shirt style. These Bella + Canvas 4.2 oz. shirts are perfect for most sizes and shapes. Want a more fitted look?

Select the Women’s Cut. These are Bella + Canvas’ 4.2 oz. “Favorite Tee,” with a longer body, in addition to being more slender and feminine than the Adult Unisex and Youth options. I think they run very small, so I suggest you order 1 or 2 sizes up.

If you’re shopping for a kid or small adult, the Youth shirts are the way to go. They have a boxier, shorter cut than the Adult Unisex and Women’s Cut designs. **** Adult Unisex and Women’s Cut solid colors are 100% combed and ringspun cotton. Heather colors are 52/48 airlume combed and ringspun cotton/polyester. All are W.R.A.P. (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified and do not use sweatshops. Youth shirts are Anvil 4.5 oz. shirts are 100% combed ringspun cotton for solid colors and a combination of cotton and poly for heather colors. Toddler shirts and onesies are by LAT Apparel (Rabbit Skins), and are ethically produced in W.R.A.P. certified (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production), sweatshop- and child-labor free factories. Garments are 4.5 oz., 100% combed ringspun cotton; onesies have 3-snap closure.

For best results, machine wash shirts inside out with like colors in cold water. Hang dry for the most eco-friendly option or tumble dry on low heat. Do not iron printed areas.

9 reviews for Friends NOT Food Cow T-shirt

  1. Fran (verified owner)

    One of my favorite shirts! Great design, great message. I love Bernadette! Highly recommend it. I wear it every single week. Great quality too. I’ve washed it a bunch of times.

  2. marc w (verified owner)

    love it great

  3. marc w (verified owner)

    great great love it

  4. SHELLEY S (verified owner)

    What is not to like??? Love this shirt and this purpose. Preach everyone!!!!

  5. Bit M. (verified owner)

    I love dirty snouts and their T shirts! They have great messages. They are super soft and Stacey is very accommodating. Plus I get to support what I love most in life, animals! The purchase was easy to make and shipping was super fast. I love you Bernadette!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  6. Jen (verified owner)

    Beautiful Bernadette 💜 Thank you for the lovely shirt and for all the work you do to help the animals.

  7. Irene (verified owner)

    Absolutely in LOVE with my t-shirt. Service is incomparable, I highly recommend and for a great cause. Thank you Stacey for being so kind and courteous.

  8. Allison

    Beautiful shirt! My kid has been wearing it to school with pride.

  9. Lynn Hirsch (verified owner)

    Love the artwork
    Really well done
    Gave to two grandkids for Xmas this year

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