The true story of one Anonymous Animal born into the
The truck carrying this cow was unloaded at Walton Stockyards in
Kentucky one september morning. 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 ans kicked her in the face, ribs, and back,
but still she didn´t move. They tied a rope around her neck, tiede the
other end to a post in the ground, and drowe 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 that evening.For the first three hours, she lay in the hot sun crying out.
Periodically. when she urinatedor 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 to 14 yards. The stockyards employees
wouldn´t allow her any drinking water, the only water she received was
given to her by JessiePierce, a local animal rights activist, who had
been contacted by a woman who witnessed the incident. Jessie arrived at
noon. After receiving no cooperation from stockyard workers, she called
the Kenton County Police. A police officer arrived but was instructed by his superiors to do
nothing; he left at 1p.m. The stockyard operator informed Jessie that he
had permission from the insurance company to kill the cow but wouldn´t
do it until Jessie left. Although doubtful the he would keep hes word,
Jessie left at 3 p.m. She returned at 4:30 p.m. and found the stockyard
deserted. Three dogs were attacking the cow, who was still alive. She
had suffered a number of bite wounds, and her drinking water had been
removed. Jessie contacted the state police. Four officers arrived at
5:30 p.m. State trooper Jan Wuchner wanted to shoot the cow but was told
that a veterinarian should kill her. The two 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 eventually arrived at 7:30 p.m, and shot the cow. Her body
was purchased for $307.50.When the stockyard operator was questioned by a reporter from The
Kentucky Post, he stated: "We didn´t do a damned thing to it," and
referred to the attention given to the cow by humane workers and police
as "bullcrap." He laughed throughout the interviews, saying the he found
nothing wrong with the way that the cow was treated.This is not an isolated case. It is so common that animals in this
cindition are known in the meat industry as "downers." After PETA
brought much-needed attention to this issue, the Kenton County Police
Department adopted a policy requiring that all downed animals be
immediately euthanized, whether they are on the farm, in transit, or at
the slaughterhouse. Sadly, other law enforcement agencies don´t have
such policies, and downed animals continue to suffer ewerywhere. It is
up to the public to demand change, and it is up to consumers to refuse
to purchase the products of this miserable industry.Above sad story is from PETA.
http://www.peta.org/ Fall 2007.
Dear Bent Bay, Februar 2008
Last week, our undercover investigation revealed shocking abuses of
"downed" dairy cows -- those who are too sick or injured to walk -- at a
Southern California slaughter plant. The cows were subjected to terrible
pain and fright in attempts to get them to stand up and walk to their
We also discovered that the meat from these tortured animals gets fed
to children through the National School Lunch Program!
Thank you for all you do for animals.
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
An investigation by The Humane Society of the United States at a cattle
slaughterhouse has documented that animals too sick or injured to stand or
walk—called "downers" by industry—have been kicked, beaten, dragged with
chains, shocked with electric prods, sprayed in the face with hoses and
pushed by forklifts in efforts to get them to their feet to pass USDA
inspection. This unacceptable cruelty potentially puts the food supply at
risk—at least 12 of the 15 identified cases of mad cow disease in North
America to date have reportedly been downers.
In spite of claims that downers were being eliminated from the food
supply, downed animals may be falling through the cracks as a result of
poor oversight, anemic enforcement, and a loophole created by inconsistent
agency regulations. The result is a losing proposition for animals who are
beaten, kicked and dragged to their death and consumers who unknowingly
consume the meat from sick and injured animals.
Demand that the USDA eliminate this dangerous loophole and immediately put
in place a "bright line" ban on all downers.
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Are you sick and
tired of animals
Some of the
and open wounds.
docked – no
No doubt you
were as shocked
as I was to see
that, in this
day and age,
farm animals are
still living in
to the awful story.
How could that happen? If I have been
there with a gun, I have done it easy for
that poor cow.
It is a shame! (Bent Bay)
If I had been there I woudl have done to the
stock owner what he did to the cow... and then urinated all over him.
Never abuse an animal for fun, because it feels the pain like you.