Urge Louisiana Officials to Intervene in Alleged Cow Starvation Case!

Update (May 11, 2023): Thank you for speaking out in behalf of these cows. Because of your help, the Sheriff’s Office released an update with new images of the animals. We’re relieved to see that they look like they’ve gained weight and that the skeletal remains appear to have been cleaned up. We hope authorities keep an eye on the property to ensure that it doesn’t transform back into a cow graveyard and that the animals maintain their weight.

A property on Scott Road in Leesville, Louisiana, has allegedly been strewn with the carcasses of dozens of cows in varying states of decomposition in the past and reportedly now contains some 30 live cows, half of whom are severely underweight. Multiple reports indicate that this issue has been ongoing for five or more years, with countless cows dying and being dragged off the property to make room for new arrivals. PETA caseworkers requested an immediate investigation by the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and were told that the case had been handed over to the state’s agricultural department. Unfortunately, we learned that the agricultural department would only look into the reported improper disposal of bodies and that abuse and neglect investigations are the domain of local law enforcement. We turned again to the Sheriff’s Office, asking for the concerns to be looked into, but our requests have apparently fallen on deaf ears. Meanwhile, our sources say that conditions on the property remain unchanged.

Photos of emaciated cows and rotting carcasses and bones strewn about the property

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind