Sunday, July 25, 2010

The ones that got away!

No... not just another fish tale...but a Cow Tail ;)

The story of the overturned truck transporting used up dairy cows to a "rendering" plant (what the hell does that mean, and it sickens me to think of it) made our local Detroit news the other day.

The truck had overturned in grand Rapids MI, and some of the poor cows were killed as a result (probably a blessing) but 4 of them escaped.

They showed video of the poor frightened black and white cows trying to climb over the guard rail as they tried to capture them. I felt so bad when I saw them, as I knew in my heart what their intended fate was before even hearing the story. It really saddened me to think that these creatures had spent their whole life being used for milking, and probably pregnant all the time and their babies taken away from them immediatly, and as if they hadn't given/suffered b/c they were used up and could no longer be of any purpose to the dairy industry, they were being transported off to slaughter. It all seems so cruel, and it is. I hate that it is this way, and I feel terribly guilty for even liking cheese or milk or ice cream! I have so much respect for the vegans of the world!

I was so happy when I got the email from one of my favorite animals rescues, SASHA Farms, the largest Farm animal sanctuary here in the midwest (only a 1/2 hours drive from me) got involved right away, and they are going to be taking the cows there to the sanctuary if they can be rounded up!

YAY....I'm so happy for the ones who got away!
I'm going to be traveling through the Grands Rapids area tomorrow on my way across state, and I'm gonna be sure to be on the look out for one of these big black & white girls!
I sure hope they are able to find them so they can live out the rest of their lives at the sanctuary being pampered and appreciated since they've given so much and had such a strong will to escape!

Thank you SASHA farms for caring and acting on it!
Here is the email I got from them:
A livestock transport truck carrying former dairy cows was bound for a rendering plant when it overturned in Grand Rapids early Wednesday morning. Tragically, several didn’t survive the crash and those who could be captured finished their journey to the rendering plant. Four of the cows are still wandering the Grand Rapids area, probably enjoying their first taste of freedom. News reports noted that they would be captured and euthanized.
Phone calls have poured into our office alerting us to this situation, and after contacting authorities in Grand Rapids, we have been assured that when the cows are located, assuming they are not causing an immediate threat to human safety, we will be contacted to transport them back the SASHA Farm.
If you are in the Grand Rapids area and might be able to assist in the rescue if necessary, please email your contact information to us at Depending on where they are eventually located, we may need many people to help corral them into a trailer.
Our phones are very busy right now, so unless you have solid information on the whereabouts of these cows, please direct your inquiries about this situation to our


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Carol Roll said...

Those poor cows! I'm sure Sasha Farms will provide them with kindness.

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Jennifer said...

I am so glad there are rescue like Sasha out there to give these animals the retirement they deserve!!!