How Now, Rescued Cow?

Published by Angela Henderson.

The world always roots for the underdog—or in this case, the undercow.

A brave cow began his bid for freedom on Thursday when he escaped from a slaughterhouse in Queens, New York. According to reports, his daring excursion happened just in the nick of time—he was scheduled to be slaughtered on Friday.

HAPPENING NOW: A cow escaped a slaughterhouse & was running for his life on the streets of New York.#PETA is on the…

Posted by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on Thursday, January 21, 2016

His short-lived liberation was enough to capture the hearts of social media users, as onlookers posted videos and tweeted about his brave journey through the busy streets of New York, many pleading for his life.

After nearly an hour, police caught up with him and transported him back to the slaughterhouse. Luckily, all hope was not lost—his story reached just the right compassionate people.

PETA was contacted by an activist and then reached out to sanctuaries in the area that might be interested in giving the brave bovine a home. Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue’s Mike Stura was already on the case. He drove his truck and trailer from New Jersey in the hope of saving the animal, but by the time he got there, everyone was gone for the day.

Sitting here at the slaughterhouse…They said they’d be here until 8:00pm, but no one is here…So far my trailer is empty…

Posted by Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Stura wanted to make sure the steer had every chance of living out his days at a sanctuary, so he spent the night in front of the slaughterhouse in his truck and trailer, waiting to bargain for the animal’s life.

His patience paid off. Friday morning, the slaughterhouse owner handed the cow over to Stura, who affectionately named him Freddie.

Say hello to Freddie…On our way to the vet to get checked out….

Posted by Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue on Friday, January 22, 2016

“I impressed upon [the slaughterhouse owner] several times that 38 billion cattle go to the food industry,” Stura told the New York Daily News. “It’s nice if one lives once in a while.”

Freddie won’t have anything to run away from for the rest of his life. How now, rescued cow?

Freddie, safe and sound…Getting to know his new brothers and sisters…

Posted by Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue on Friday, January 22, 2016

 

What You Can Do

Freddie, like all cows and all other animals, didn’t want to die for our dinner. If his story inspired you, please pledge to go vegan and start sparing the lives of cows who are still trapped in slaughterhouses around the world.

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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