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PETA Asks for Memorial at Former South St. Paul Stockyards

Written by PETA | May 5, 2008

Update: And we’ve got pics! Lemme know which design you like best for the suggested memorial.

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After 122 years in business, the world’s largest stockyard closed down last month, holding their very last livestock auction in front of a nostalgic crowd on April 11. After we had finished celebrating here in the office, we decided that, much as one might like to forget them, the actions of South St. Paul Stockyards—where around 300 million cows have been poked, prodded, kicked, and dragged to their deaths in the last century—need to be commemorated. Today, we sent a letter to Greg Miller—president of Interstate Partners, the company that plans to redevelop the stockyard property—urging him to erect a memorial to the animals who passed through the stockyard’s gates. As PETA President Ingrid Newkirk puts it:

“Millions of cows were bought and sold at South St. Paul Stockyards with no more regard for their feelings than if they were made of tin. At the very least, they deserve a stone or plinth that helps people remember the suffering the animals endured on their way to people’s dinner tables.”

You can read PETA’s letter to Greg Miller here. I’ll let you know if we get a response.

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  • lynda downie says:

    I like the red one too. It’s vivid is personalized with the cow’s face and it stresses the individuality of each cow that was slaughtered.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Judith and Lynda I agree with you about people like Brian. He is hardly any better than a factory farmer except maybe in terms of volume. In terms of cruelty he is worse because he allows these animals to trust him then kills them. Thenhe tells us what a great guy he is. Very sick…….

  • Lisa Soldavini says:

    Got alittle off the subject in my post I like the red one.

  • Lisa Soldavini says:

    Great idea PETA as usual. PETA is awesome! and your comment well put Jaclyn to William regarding “they’re JUST cows”! and Brian how can you care for these beautiful animals and then kill them?? That’s just as bad. Meat is NOT a staple of life we have been taught brainwashed that since we were young. Educate yourself on the topic we are not even designed to eat meat and animal protein is much too rich for humans and we are not meant to drink another species milk in fact we are the only species that does. I have been vegan since I was 12 years old and I am happy and healthy. I am 51 and work out 4 hoursday 45 times a week and still competing in bodybuilding competitions. I also managed a champion Vegan bodybuilder. So for someone to think you need meat and dairy to be healthy they’re doing just the opposite.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Don’t really like either one. Maybe just a standardtype with the inscription superimposed over a cow’s head would be more suitable?

  • lynda downie says:

    I agree Judith FFfA. Brian develops a bond with his animals calls them his pets and then has the heart to have them slaughtered an ultimate betrayal of trust.

  • Soleil says:

    I like the red one for the memorial. I can’t see the details of the other one to understand what it is…like the object in the shape of a cow? Small farmers…we only kill because we have chosen to eat them. There is another way it does not have to be this way. It’s just another choice you could raise organic vegetables or make tofu steaks instead.

  • Kim says:

    This is in response to what William wrote. What does it matter to you if people would like to do this for cows or any animal? Why do you care? You’re insensitive.

  • Kathleen Wissenz says:

    I think this a wonderful idea. The cows deserve to be treated finally as living beings not “things”. Animals are not “food” they are living creatures. I have been vegan for some time now and I am in perfect health. This needless killing is so sad. Thank you Peta for standing up for these cows and all animals!

  • Kurt K says:

    Jaclyn Small farms like Brian’s are not rare. I don’t know where you are from but around my neck of the woods we have many small farms scattered all across the land. Anything from beef cattle to dairy cattle are all over. In fact my roommate from college lived on a small cattle farm. They would usually butcher one steer a year which could feed a family of six I believe. It also stocked our little freezer at our house at IU.

  • lynda downie says:

    A beautiful gesture Peta.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    Factory Farming is First degree Murder. It’s planned and carried out. That also includes all farm animals that will be slaughtered. The guy above that says his animals are “PETS” and them has them slaughtered is truly in his own demonic nightmare. I agree what PETA would like to do. Peace for all animals

  • Rainbow Warrior says:

    i’m mourning these innocent souls and i love PETA for their noble thoughts and actions people should learn from them every day a lesson!

  • Jaclyn says:

    Brian B small farms like your are a rarity! Although I would rather people go veg those that do choose to eat meat should be more conscientious of where their steak came from. This is where your small farm steps in. To me death does not HAVE to be the outcome for cows… death is only the outcome because people make it so. William you say cows are “just animals.” Very good. But what did you expect them to be? Part plants? From a point of view William you are “just a person.” Out of the billions of people on this Earth who cares who you are? You are “just human” right? Does that mean that we should beat on you and kick you and drag you to your death?

  • HannaBanana says:

    Factory Farming makes me livid.

  • Deborah Kemp says:

    Opening up somewhere else is no good though.

  • Deborah Kemp says:

    Thank God that hellhole has been closed down for good. Hopefully more will follow soon.

  • Brian B says:

    I have many cows that I raise. Some for selling some for weaning babies and some are for meat. Meat products are a staple for life a natural source of proteins vitamins and nutrients. I purchase many new borns “Bottle Babies” from auction barns. Some are not in the best of shape when purchased. However those that I do buy I will nurse them back to health. Many times they make a turn for the best and grow healthy. And at times no matter how much time effort and care I give them death is the outcome. I do not condone beatings of any animal either in the sale barn or on the farm. I consider all my farm animals my pets no matter what the outcome may be in their future. Some folks take the time and effort to teach their children how to raise and treat animals in a proper manner. To work with the animal and utilize it for the betterment for the family and the farm graze in pastures to keep grass growth down utilize the byproducts to further growth in gardens or fields to teach them how to care for and help the animal in time of need or distress. We have been up many hours of the night during births feedings or tending to a sick animal and praying that our efforts are not in vein. I ask that you please do not lump the characteristics of some people versus those that work to make a living on small family farms. The small farmer is just as helps rather than hurts.. Thank you for your time.

  • MICHELE FIORE says:

    I WISH THERE WAS A HIGHER POWER TO HELP THESE POOR INNOCENT LOVING GENTLE SOULS FROM ALL THE ENDORE BY THE CRUEL HANDS OF MAN. PETA TURNED ME INTO A VEGETARIAN AND I LIVE WITH A HAPPIER CONSCIENCE. THOSE ANIMALS “AT LEAST DESERVE A MEMORIAL” THEY WERE GIVEN NO LOVE DIGNITY OR AN OUNCE OF PEACE WHILE ALIVE. GOD BLESS U PETA FOR THINKING OF SUCH A WONDERFUL CARING THING TO DO.

  • animalfriend says:

    this is a very important idea i think like this people start to think about the horrible animal abuse worldwide still going on! people have to develop their conscience to a higher level in order to come out of the gravel pits and marching forward into a new century of real compassion and feelings for all living beings and not just considering them as food or tool or entertainment! so humanity shall find again dignity and character because all the living beings are in this world for their own sake and not because of the human being as many people are still thinking! this is shameful and backminded! every animal belongs to itself and not to any human being and has a right for a respectful life and a respectful death!

  • Maureen says:

    A wonderful idea but we all know it won’t happen. These people thrive on the meat market industries. But for sure the stench of fear of these gentle beings will linger on for many many years to come.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Great ideaif they were of the human variety there would be a massive monument. A friend of mine lives not too far from a slaughterhouse in Toronto. There are few sadder sights than a truckload of cows headed to their final destination.

  • william says:

    oh come on these are cows. don’t you this doing this is going way to far?

  • Pamela L. says:

    Tears are streaming down my face as I read Lindsay’s touching letter. A monument would be a wonderful way to tribute the lives of these terribly abused and feeling sensitive animals. Never forget.

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