Runaway Cow Now Safe and Sound in Sanctuary!
The cow who escaped his fate from a slaughterhouse in Queens, New York City, after making a run from the Jamaica-Archer Live Poultry and Meat Market on Thursday, is now in a 230-acre sanctuary in rural New Jersey, soon to be joining 18 other cows.
The cow made headlines on many news outlets after he led police on a 30-minute chase throughout the streets of downtown Jamaica, some of which was caught on camera. The cow was eventually cornered by the police in a parking garage.
The cow was reportedly meant to be butchered the following day for a family with a big occasion coming up, but Mike Stura and Vinny Milazzo, rescuers from Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, decided to get involved and give the cow the chance at a better life. Stura stated that he waited outside the market with his truck and trailer ready in order for the cow to be taken to his sanctuary, and was able to get the owner of the market on the phone. He stated:
“I was able to get the owner on the phone right away and at first he was pretty receptive. But he said the animal was promised to a family that had some big event coming up and he would call them. I impressed upon him several times that 38 billion cattle go to the food industry. It’s nice if one lives once in a while.”
By the morning, the owner agreed to hand over the animal–who was already becoming a media celebrity. Stura posted “Say hello to Freddie” on the Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue Facebook page, Freddie being the name he gave to the cow in memory of the late singer of rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury. Once Freddie cleared his medical exam, and after a minor stint in quarantine, he is set to join 18 other cows at the sanctuary, along with pigs, goats, sheep, turkeys and chickens.
Cue “We Are the Champions” on repeat!
Photo Credit: Skylands Sanctuary and Rescue Facebook page