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Cow Dragged, Dumped, Left for Dead

Written by PETA | November 16, 2011

Downed cows—those who are too sick or injured to stand up—are of little use to callous cattle auctioneers. So when a cow collapsed at a Texas livestock auction company, what did the employees do? They simply wrapped a chain around her leg, attached the chain to a truck, dragged the cow into a dirt lot next to the auction area, and left her for dead. With no food or water, she would have eventually died from dehydration or succumbed to her illness or injury.

Someone saw the cow being dragged to the lot and left there, but when he saw that she was still in the same spot three days later, he called PETA. After making several phone calls to the auction company owner, we were able to convince him to euthanize the dying cow and spare her from one moment more of suffering.

Unfortunately, neither “downers” nor this kind of treatment of them is unusual on factory farms, at auctions, or at slaughterhouses. By simply swapping meat-based dishes for their scrumptious, meatless counterparts, we can avoid supporting facilities that treat living beings like broken-down farm equipment.


Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Rita BRIAC says:

    I don’t accept those people without heart leaving a lonely soul dying slowly with huge suffering because she cannot be sold at a good price for them !!!!!

  • desiree says:

    We would never do this to a person who could not walk, who thinks that this is okay to do to an animal. They have brains, emotions, and feelings. This is horrible and breaks my heart that people out there are so heartless. If they can not make a quick buck off the animal it is useless to these people at auction. Such a shame that each day millions of animals are mistreated.

  • Sara says:

    Are you kidding me?? This is horrible – how can people do that to an animal?? Those people should have the same thing done to them. There is no excuse for being cruel and heartless.

  • Lisa says:

    America seems to have no respect to animals bred for meat, you dont seem to have any laws or protection for these animals, no monitoring or checking at these auctions, for it to take sevaral attempts for this poor girl to be put out of her misery is disgusting, americans should be ashamed of themselves no wonder here in the UK we stop companies from wanting to build intensive factory farms.

  • Kathleen Kennedy says:

    Why couldn’t this cow have been brought to a sanctuary to live out the rest of it’s life? I don’t understand the reason for euthanizing it…

  • Rupert says:

    This is a sad story, one would hope this type of thing does not happen. I don’t agree with many of PETA topics but this one is something else…

  • debra g says:

    This is heartbreaking, But like this tragic event there is anpther going on in NYC The carriage horses and the abuse they endure 3 have dead in the citys strrets You can help by going to on Twitter @NYClaSs Sign the petition Help these horses

  • Kathryn says:

    Oh dear, this is so sad…Please people, stop and look at what suffering animals go through….RIP little one, no one will ever hurt you again…..

  • Johanna says:

    This breaks my heart into a million pieces!… I hate this industry. I will NEVER spend my money supporting it!….

  • Carla* says:

    I wish there was something more that could have been done to help her. Cuddle with her, give her some food and water and maybe show some real love. This really must have been a sad and lonely time for her. RIP now sweetheart, so sorry you were even born to this cruel world. Please people… veg IS the only way, they’re depending on us!