Every time we see an animal on the news who’s escaped from a slaughterhouse and gone running through busy streets, dodging cars and fate, we root for the animal.
We root for the animal to live, because we know what the alternative is. But do the animals know?
If slaughterhouses aren’t terrifying places, why would animals risk their lives to escape? Why would they panic when approaching the kill floor?
These videos demonstrate that animals know when they’re in line to die and show how they do everything they can to save themselves.
Cow Breaks Free From Slaughterhouse in Queens
Mooove over! Cow caught in Queens after it's spotted running down the street.WATCH: http://nydn.us/1KtnF0V
Posted by New York Daily News on Thursday, January 21, 2016
Freddie the cow began his bid for freedom on a Thursday when he escaped from a slaughterhouse in Queens, New York, and ran through the busy streets of the city. According to reports, his daring escape happened just in the nick of time—he was scheduled to be slaughtered on Friday. Luckily, Freddie’s story ended happily when he was rescued by a sanctuary.
Say hello to Freddie…On our way to the vet to get checked out….
Now, he has nothing to run from.
These Bulls Paid the Ultimate Price in an Attempt to Be Free
Not every bull who escapes the slaughterhouse walks away with his life.
In Germany, a truck carrying 10 bulls to a slaughterhouse overturned on the side of the road. While eight of the bulls remained trapped inside, two made a brief dash for freedom—and ultimately paid for it with their lives.
One of the escaped bulls sought sanctuary inside a nearby supermarket. He was promptly gunned down. Sadly, his bloody body ended up among many of the products that he would have ultimately been used for had he made it to slaughter.
The other escaped bull was reportedly shot as well.
Brave Pig Risks Life to Get Away From Slaughter Truck
The transport to slaughter can be just as terrifying as the slaughterhouse for pigs, who are complex, intelligent animals with good long-term memories and empathy for one another.
Crammed into trucks, pigs struggle to get air and are usually given no food or water for the entire journey, which is often hundreds of miles long. They suffer from temperature extremes and are forced to inhale ammonia fumes and diesel exhaust. A former pig transporter told PETA that pigs are “packed in so tight, their guts actually pop out their butts—a little softball of guts actually comes out.”
No wonder this pig broke free. It’s unclear from reports what happened to this brave animal after the incident, but one thing is for sure: This pig did not want to die.
If we’re cheering for the animals who escape, we should be cheering for all animals.
Most animals don’t escape, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t know what’s coming:
This cow is next in line to be slaughtered and frantically tries to back up and find a way out. After being prodded forward, the cow is consigned to his or her fate when the door slams shut. This video isn’t graphic, but it says everything you need to know about how animals feel about being next in line to die.
Animals feel fear, and they deserve better.
On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds and stuffed into wire cages or metal crates. They will never raise their families, root around in the soil, build nests, or do anything that is natural and important to them. They will live their lives in darkness until they are slaughtered.
But by going vegan, you could save up to 200 animals per year. Animals like these cows:
Or these pigs, who PETA saved from slaughter:
Pledge to go vegan today and start saving lives! Animals shouldn’t have to leap from trucks or risk being hit by cars to be saved from a terrifying death.