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Steer Chooses 5-Lane Traffic Over Slaughter

Written by PETA | August 10, 2011

After watching his fellow cows get shot in the head with a captive-bolt gun and dismembered, a terrified steer made a run for his life. The steer crashed through an unlocked door at a Michigan slaughterhouse and darted across five lanes of traffic, leading Union Township police on a mile-long chase. But his desperate bid for freedom was in vain. Police finally cornered the exhausted animal, shot him, and hauled his body back to the slaughterhouse with a tow truck.

Did your hamburger have a face?

The steer had been purchased at the county fair, making it likely that he was some child’s 4-H project. One can only imagine his fear and bewilderment at being torn away and sent to a strange, noisy place that smelled of blood and death. What a lesson in betrayal: This steer may have grew up being groomed, fed, cared for, and made to feel safe, and then suddenly his life was cut short―sold off to the highest bidder.

As this steer proves, animals raised for food don’t want to die—given half a chance, they will fight for their lives until the very end. Please, don’t eat anyone who would run away from you if he or she could. Choose compassion. Choose vegan.

Written by Michelle Sherrow 

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  • Masha says:

    It never fails to amaze just how heartless people can be for the sake of a blasted meal. They love their steaks and hamburgers so much, they are totally willing to shut out any thoughts of the suffering that animals endured, utterly terrified and tortured, for the sake of that stupid meal. How I wish more people would stop, think, and most importantly, have a heart and go vegan. It would be better for them, and most especially, tremendously better for these animals who are the helpless victims of human cruelty.

  • Shusannah says:

    I agree with you Suzanne, I also thank Peta for showing me this. Even though I was not much of a meat eater, I am also changing to vegan, never thought animal sacrificing was done like this. Even though there are small farms where animals are raised unconfined, since I don’t believe in raising animals as if they were products, seeing slaughtering like this horrifies me and can’t participate in this brutality. This really really should be sanctionized and penalized. I ask Peta to do work in this area, to see what can be done or how can laws be proposed and passed in order to, at the very least, while there are still meat eaters, prohibit the sacrifice of animals inducing so much amount of pain for our own purpose.

  • Kathryn Reyna says:

    This is yet another example of how heartless, insensitive, and cruel most people are. I would dare to guess that at least 70% of all people on earth are like this. The animals are so much more compassionate, considerate, peaceful and loving souls. For all they give and sacrifice for humankind, one would think they would be treated like royalty as they deserve to be!

  • Steve says:

    Isabella: I don’t think it’s realistic either to expect everyone to be veg. Has anyone been to the McDonald’s at the Navy Pier in Chicago lately? That place alone must kill half the cows and chickens currently in slaughterhouses, and its rampid with children who just love their burgers.

  • Steve says:

    BTW, how do the people in slaughterhouses do their jobs? Honestly, how can someone watch a cow hanging upside down and not feel some sense of “wrong”, then provide the cow even more pain and suffering by slicing its throat? I will never understand how those people go home and tell their families what they do for a living. Ever.

  • sherrill benson says:

    I could never under stand how a child could raise a animal from a baby and not love it.Stand by while it was sold knowing it was going to be killed.Does that teach anyone a lesson? Does the money really mean that much?I think our world needs to re think so many things.This just breaks my heart.

  • Sandra bingham says:

    How very very sad 🙁

  • Crystal says:

    We dont need to kill them the wrong way, shoot them with a gun and get it over with!!! They have feeling and just think if u was a animal who is getting ready to die and cut ur head off when u are still living you woouldnt want it that why, I like meat but thinking about how they kill them makes me want to stop!!!

  • Suzanne says:

    The more I read about stuff like this the more I dislike people. I am slowly changing my diet to become vegan mostly thanks to PETA and other sites that make effort to tell us what others try to hide. Keep up the good work PETA because you are changing people’s eating habits 🙂

  • kathy says:

    @Rob, lions are following their natural instincts. They see their prey and they instinctively eat and kill it. They have pointed teeth for chewing meat. (I mean ALL their teeth are pointed.) They have short intestines. They are following the natural order of things. Humans are NOT. (Also, animals go into a kind of catatonic state when they are captured in the mouth of a natural predator such as a lion. Obviously humans do not belong in that scenario and that is why there is so much suffering.)

  • Brooke says:

    The truth is that we as intelligent humans don’t need to consume meat in order to survive. We can choose a cruelty free diet that’s filled with all the proteins and vitamins that our bodies need to stay healthy. To ignore what’s happening and to keep eating meat with the excuse that it’s the natural way is selfish and ignorant.

  • linda hertzler says:

    I spent 40 years in Lancaster County, PA, among the farmers. I could never wrap my head around the practice of children raising farm animals from infancy, caring for their needs, showing them love and affection, then fattening them up to win a prize at a farm show for the best cared for animal in their group, only to be sold for slaughter. What must these children feel? I always felt sad and confused. I’ve chosen to be vegan these past many years so I don’t contribute to the suffering of factory farm animals. Hope you make that choice too.

  • Carla* says:

    Rob, we’re NOT lions. They’re carnivores, we’re omnivores!! We don’t need to stock and attack our food to survive!! Crazy analogy Rob, but I’m used to it!!

  • Isabella Ireland says:

    I don’t think it’s realistic to expect everyone to become a vegetarian, at least not in the foreseeable future. But we can seriously reduce meat consumption for our own health thus reducing meat demand. This should, hopefully, put factory farming industry out of business and promote local small-scale farming. I realize how difficult it is, but look at the tobacco business. I don’t think they have as many sales in this country any more as they did 20-30 ago. Anyway, it all starts with a grass-root movement, i.e., with us!

  • Tanya says:

    The argument that we are part of nature and that other animals hunt and kill, therefore we should too, is redundant for humans. Lions don’t have a giant supermarket with 20 types of cereal to choose from let alone soy milk over cows milk. We can choose cruelty over kindness – so lets make the right decision.

  • Eddie says:

    Our world is out of control.

  • MP says:

    Every animal feel pain and fear! What you feel if you know that you are going to be killed? Heartless human cannot understand it.

  • Dawn says:

    Sad! Vegan is the only answer!

  • AJ says:

    I do feel bad for this animal and I agree 100% there needs to be a more kosher and humane way to slaughter animals. I do have to agree with Rob, its part of the natural process to eat meat.


    The fact that so many will read this, and think nothing of cramming rotting flesh into their mouths makes me want to vomit. Really,police? You brought them back to the slaughterhouse. Shame on you.

  • Martinus says:

    @ Rob: Animals don’t have a choice the way we, humans do. They kill and eat to survive. We don’t need to farm, abuse and kill animals in order to live.

  • Ted says:

    Thanks PETA. My breakfast today was a banana and coffee. It’s day one, hour one of my new cruelty free life and this is the story that did it for me. I gave up pork quite some time ago, now I got the startling but effective motivator I needed to make the final leap. Wish me luck and send me lots of pointers.

  • Katie B. says:

    This is so incredibly heartbreaking. I’ve been vegetarian for a year thanks to PETA and I’m so proud of it!! I can’t believe people continue to eat these poor animals when they know what happens to them and what they go through! Absolutely disgusting.

  • ulson says:

    SO awful! I couldn’t even imagine how that poor animal suffered. Sometimes I’m ashamed being a human.

  • jain says:

    its gettin worst please people stop animal cruelty and turn vegetarians atleast if not vegans please

  • Scottmphoto says:

    so happy to be vegan.

  • Mukesh Tanwar says:

    This is outrageous. Its so cruel and sad. Why can not someone stop all this? Why is authority sleeping over this cruelty? I don’t think such people who kill poor beings and the ones who enjoy theor deaths realy deserve to be called humans as they act worse than animals. Why don’t parents bring their kids up with a compassion for every form of life not just humans?

  • Vegan says:

    I have been vegan for eight years and my life has never been better! Actually it’s quite easy. Warmly recommend!

  • Rob says:

    While I agree with choosing compassion and ethical treatment, good luck in convincing every carnivorous animal to choose vegan… What happens when a lion hunts and kills? The pack gets scared and runs away.

  • Danielle W says:

    So distressing. Poor thing must have felt so much fear. Thank you PETA once again for reminding us why we do what we do when we stand up for these defenseless and beautiful creatures xxx

  • Megan says:

    That poor steer. I’m so sorry the poor animal had to live such an existence. RIP, I know you are in a better place where you will be safe.

  • lauren Scheuer says:

    Stories like this give me all the strength I need in order to stay away from the meat department in the supermarket. Thank you for leading me in the right direction.

  • Gunnel says:

    Heartbreaking. Stop the killing of creatures who want to live, like us.

  • Love says:

    I went veg at the beginning ofthe summer of 2010 the same time i see the lettuce ladies and hread about PETA

  • Tovah says:

    This is definitely a lesson to be learned. Go Veggie! It is very sad to see…

  • Kristina Herrmann says:

    When my resolve waivers and I feel like giving up on vegan because it’s hard or not widely accepted by my family and friends, it’s stories like these that let me know I’m doing the right thing.

  • melissam says:

    That poor steer must have been so afraid. What a terrible story.

  • kathy says:

    That is so sad. I was hoping the steer was rescued.