Even cows cry

Cows are not just "objects" made of flesh and blood; whose fate is to be eaten

by Federico Coppini
Even cows cry

Cows are not just "objects" made of flesh and blood; whose fate is to be eaten. Instead they are sentient beings; intelligent and emotional beings. These animals undergo a life full of stress, sadness and terror. In February 2020, in Germany, a cow named Emma (a name given to her by the members of a local animal welfare organisation) was transported to a slaughterhouse, she did not yet know why, but then seeing the others enter and then exit dead, hanging on a steel hook, she sensed her end.

Then terror took hold of her... and she started to cry. Fortunately for her, a person noticed this, photographed it and blocked her path of death. The rescuer asked for a contribution via social media to pay her ransom, and upon quickly receiving the amount needed, bought Emma back, so now Emma is finally free to graze in a Kuhrettung park in Rhein-Burg in Germany.

A few days earlier something similar had happened in China and even here, before entering the Shantou slaughterhouse, local animal rights activists noticed that the animal, in addition to loudly complaining, had knelt and cried, so they saved it by paying, obviously, the ransom to the breeders.

Now this cow lives free in a local Buddhist temple. Cows Don’t Want to Die Like all animals, cows value their lives and don’t want to die. Stories abound of those who have gone to extraordinary lengths to fight for their lives.

A cow in Virginia named Idabelle was about to be loaded onto a freighter bound for Venezuela when she turned around, ran back down the gangplank, and leaped into the river. Even though she was pregnant (or perhaps because she was pregnant), she managed to swim all the way across the river, eluding capture for several days.

She was rescued by PETA and sent to a sanctuary. When workers at a slaughterhouse in Massachusetts went on break, Emily the cow made a break for it. She took a tremendous leap over a 5-foot-tall gate and escaped into the woods, surviving the harsh New England winter weather with the aid of concerned local residents who began watching for her and leaving out hay for her to eat.

When she was caught several weeks later by the owners of a nearby sanctuary, the public demanded that the slaughterhouse allow the sanctuary to buy her for $1. Emily lived out the rest of her life in peace in Massachusetts. Her life is a testament to the fact that eating meat means eating animals who don’t want to die.