Written by Michelle Kretzer
It shouldn't happen to intelligent, sensitive cows, but it does: With holes cut into their sides, they are used as sideshow-like
attractions to lure children and prospective students to university events and
fundraisers. Distraught attendees at some of these recent events sent PETA
these disturbing photographs:
The cows are part of common experiments
that involve permanently removing a chunk of the animals' abdomens to expose
their stomachs. Experimenters feed the cows various foods and then reach into
the hole to take samples, even though there are modern non-animal methods for conducting these kinds of studies.
The "fistulated" cows are then
often put on display at events, with patrons invited to "touch a cow's
stomach" or "put your hand inside a cow." PETA often hears from upset
students and parents who have witnessed such a display. Unfortunately, the only
law that protects animals used in experiments, the Animal Welfare Act, does not
extend to animals used in agricultural experiments, meaning these cows have no
legal protection from cruelty.
Each time PETA hears about these hideous
mutilations, we contact the school (and the group that visited the display) to
ask them to stop the experiments and remind them that there are much more
humane ways to teach students about science and animals than having them gawk
at a mutilated cow. PETA also offers parents, teachers, and administrators
resources to help students at every educational level achieve scholastically
and compassionately. Visit TeachKind.org to download or order a wealth of free materials.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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