Researchers and scientists have been late to the party with their increasing evidence that animals feel pain, form social connections, and have emotions. Only recently have they “discovered” what most animal lovers already knew and until just recently, their science confirms it.
Which makes this story of a downed cow particularly painful. She mattered. She hurt. She feared. She suffered. But her status as nothing more than livestock meant that her suffering did not matter.
The tragic, and unfortunately true, story of this downed cow was posted to Facebook days ago – and it will be copied in its entirety below. The words, and the painful image, speak for themselves. This isn’t okay. This should never happen. But it does, time and again, and it is shameful.
Rest in Peace 💔The True Story of a “Downed Cow” -after the other animals were removed from the truck, she was left behind, unable to move. The stockyard workers used their customary electric prods in her ear to try to get her out of the truck, then beat and kicked her in the face, ribs, and back, but still she didn’t move.
They tied a rope around her neck, tied the other end to a post in the ground, and drove the truck away. The #cow was dragged along the floor of the truck and fell to the ground, landing with both hind legs and her pelvis broken. She remained like that until 7:30 pm. For the first 3 hours, she lay in the hot sun crying. When she urinated or defecated, she used her front legs to drag herself along the gravel roadway to a clean spot. She also tried to crawl to a shaded area but couldn’t move far enough. Altogether, she managed to crawl a painful 13-14 yards.
The employees not allowing her any water; the only #water she received was given to her by Jess Pierce, a local animal rights activist, who had been contacted by a woman who witnessed the incident. After receiving no cooperation from stockyard workers, she called the #KentonCountyPolice. A police officer arrived but was instructed to do nothing; he left @1 p.m. The stockyard operator informed Jess that he had permission from the insurance company to kill the cow but wouldn’t do it until Jessie left.
Although doubtful that he would keep his word, Jess left at 3 pm. She returned at 4:30 pm &found the stockyard deserted. Three dogs were attacking the cow, who was still alive. She had suffered a number of bite wounds, and her water had been removed. Jess contacted the police. 4 officers arrived at 5:30 pm a State trooper wanted to shoot the cow but was told that a vet should kill her. The 2 veterinarians at the facility would not euthanize her, claiming that in order to preserve the value of the #meat, she could not be destroyed. The #butcher arrived at 7:30 p.m. and shot the cow. Her body was purchased for $307.50.
Rest in peace – you deserved far better and you should have never been forced to suffer the way that you did.
(Image via Facebook)
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