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From 20 February 2006 Issue

Cow Escapes Slaughterhouse
Robert Cohen

When a cow escapes her slaughterhouse fate, witnesses cheer the animal and boo her pursuers. It is human nature to root for the underdog, or undercow, whose death has been spared by an incredibly innate will to be free.

Such an event has happened before many times in Brooklyn, New York, and in Pittsburg and Chicago and Detroit, and each time, the animal is spared and given sanctuary at one of America's many farm shelters, to become a lifetime ambassador who inspires school children not to eat meat.

Most of my readers are familiar with the notmilk.com website, but only a few know that I own the following URL: http://www.slaughterhousecam.com 

For the time being, the above site will remain as it is.

Slaughterhousecam.com will one day have live cameras showing live slaughter, for that is what it will take to end meat eating.

Instinctively, most of those who cheer an escaping cow want her to live. There is no natural urge for humans to kill such gentle creatures. Those who cheer will salivate over that same evening's steak or brisket or corned beef sandwich, unable to make the connection between a living and breathing creature who wants only to be free. Look, if you dare: http://www.slaughterhousecam.com 

If you are a cheesehead or milk drinker, she is your cow, because that is the fate of three million dairy cows each year who no longer are efficient "agricultural units." Your use of dairy products makes you the as responsibile for her death as would the actions of any meat eater.

I found the following Associated Press Story on Forbes.com late Friday night.


Associated Press - January 6, 2005

Cow Escapes Meat Plant, Dodges Cars, Train

A cow that escaped a slaughterhouse dodged vehicles, ran in front of a train, braved the icy Missouri River and took three tranquilizer darts before being recaptured six hours later.

News of the heifer's adventures prompted a number of people to offer to buy the animal.

"I talked to the owner and the owner will sell her," said a man who answered the phone at Mickey's Packing Plant, but would only identify himself as Randy. He said the sales price will likely be more than the heifer's market worth of $1,140.

The black, 1,200 pound heifer jumped a gate at the packing plant at around 5 a.m. Thursday.

The cow apparently wandered through residential areas for a time before police received reports at about 9:30 a.m. that it was in the middle of a busy intersection.

Police tried to catch the cow, and had her wedged between a stock trailer and a fence, but the heifer barreled through the fence toward the river, nearly being hit by a Chevrolet Suburban.

It was the first of many near-death experiences.

With the police in pursuit, the cow ran toward the railroad tracks and darted in front of an oncoming locomotive, briefly giving the police the slip again.

Crossing another road, the cow was nearly struck by a semi tractor-trailer.

"By then it was a madhouse," said police officer Corey Reeves.

"People were coming out of the woodwork to see."

When police, animal control officers and slaughterhouse workers surrounded the cow in a park near the Missouri River, the cow jumped into the icy water.

As she swam to the west bank of the river, Reeves said she sank lower in the water and was being swept downstream.

But the cow found a sandbar near the river's west bank and walked to shore.

"I was totally amazed she was able to swim the river," said Del Morris, the slaughterhouse manager.

As police scrambled to head off the cow on the other side of the river, a veterinarian with a tranquilizer gun was called.

Pursuers again believed they had the cow cornered at a chain link fence, but the heifer, foaming at the mouth, ran through a perimeter set up by officials.

The chase began to slow as the cow ran up against several strong fences, including one separating the street from Interstate 15.

Dr. Jennifer Evans of Big Sky Medical Center shot the cow with a tranquilizer dart.

It had little effect.

Two darts later, the heifer showed no signs of going down.

Slaughterhouse workers created a makeshift pen with metal panels that led to a stock trailer.

The heifer walked into the trailer at 11:45 a.m.

The cow was taken back to the slaughterhouse, where it was put in a pen - with a stronger fence - and given food and water.


The cow who jumped over the moon and landed in people's hearts.

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com 

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