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Trapped Mother Cow Released From Suffering

Written by PETA | October 1, 2009

Downed Cow


Here is a story that answers the question, “What’s wrong with supporting ‘free-range‘ farms?”

PETA caseworkers recently worked on a case in New Mexico involving a mother cow who suffered for days after she became stuck in the mud around a watering hole.

The cow was part of a small cattle herd living on a ranch. There was no caretaker residing on the property to watch over the animals. The cow was pregnant when she became stuck in the mud, and she was forced to give birth while she was trapped. Her newborn calf became stuck as well.

PETA contacted local authorities as soon as we were alerted to this cow’s plight, but the officials refused to help the cow until they could locate the owners. The decomposing bodies and bones of other cattle around this watering hole were evidence that this was not the first time that the negligent owners had left animals to die. The owners reportedly rent the property as a place to “store” their cattle, and they don’t make regular visits to care for them.

Luckily, a concerned individual in the region was able to free the calf from the mud and tend to his suffering mother—who was languishing in the blazing sun and was only able to move her head—while we continued to try to find her the help she needed.

Our calls to state and local authorities finally resulted in action, and the inspectors who were sent out to the farm were quickly able to euthanize the suffering animal.

This is not an isolated case. Animals on farms all over the country face starvation, disease, and exposure to all weather extremes. Farmers often consider these animals to be as disposable as light bulbs. It’s not always profitable to monitor and provide specialized care for individual members of herds, and this can result in agonizing and lonely deaths for many animals.

Fortunately, this mother cow and her calf were spared such a fate thanks to the kindness of a caring citizen and PETA’s intervention. Please, don’t support an industry that treats animals as nothing more than parts on a cheap-meat (dis)assembly line.

Written by Heather Drennan

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  • Michelle says:

    Articles like this really make me smile. We really need to start seeing animals as LIVING INDIVIDUALS. We can’t think of an animal as “just another dog or just another cow”. Even saving ONE life is still A LIFE. Peta you guys are freaking amazing.

  • Brandon Becker says:

    “Freerange” and other labels are nothing but industry scams to convince consumers to keep buying their products of violence and exploitation. We should all take a stand for compassion and justice by living vegan and advocating abolition. Other animals are counting on us to be their voice for liberation.

  • Edward says:

    Fossil fuels are also ecologically devastating but guess what kinds of companies are making the most money? Hell environmental scares can boost the economy if tree lovers want to buy “green” alternatives which is usually more expensive. And if the “eye for an eye” philosophy became true for people and animals then we would be living in anarchy right now.

  • carla says:

    scuze me mr. Wong…. what a pathetic statement???

  • Urago says:

    I have a question. How can people save an elephant that’s stuck in the mud but according to the passage have to euthanize a cow that’s stuck in the mud?

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Bob The continuation of “this industry” is already bringing environmental and thus economic disaster to the world. People do have to change jobs sometimes. I would much rather be a cherry farmer than a meat producer.

  • AAG says:

    My heart BREAKS!!!!!!!!! I will be walking for Farm Animals on Sunday!!! Stop the hearteache misery violence and crueltyGO VEGAN!!!!

  • Steve N Lunsford says:

    I suggest we do the same to the Farmers furiers etc. that they do to helpless animals.

  • Myrna Juarez says:

    It’s a shame that people don’t have compassion for animals! What is this world coming to? I am aware that now we are here as humans but we can return as one of these animals! Why not make the difference now? Is it so hard to show compassion to a cow sheep or even a pig??? They too feel pain! Each one of these animals have their unique personality! Unfortunately people see them as meat that will be on someone’s dinner plate. That’s no way to live! What amazes me the most is that some people can go to sleep at night without a care in the world! I hope one day you are forgiven and that these awful decisions and acts of violence don’t come back to haunt all of you!

  • Lynne Hern says:

    How veryvery sad. I often think I have seen and heard it all regarding animal suffering and then another ugly story appers. We will never stamp out animal cruelty but if we can save even one animal we have done something good.

  • Bob Wong says:

    you do know that if we stop this industry would bring economic disaster to the WORLD not jsut the country

  • Suzanne B says:

    What a Sin the poor animal. I can’t imagine how anyone could ignore such beautiful animals. How can they sleep at night. Thank you peta for all that you do!

  • I Gac says:

    This is not free rangethis is neglect.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Meat pork poultry and fishing moguls are literally destroying the planet in addition to being cruel to animals. The entire human population could be fed with the grains used to fatten “Mistreated Food Animals.”

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    There are a few ranches near where I live we always see someone caring for the livestock which ranges from horses to cows to even a few llamas. Once on a very hot day I even saw someone hosing down cows who appeared to be really relishing the experience.

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  • Aneliese says:

    I do not eat meat so I don’t buy it. But I think people that do should buy free range because then they are not supporting factory farming.