A cow who broke away from a New York City slaughterhouse is now safe and sound at a sanctuary, thanks to a rescuer who heard about his story and fought to spare his life.
The cow escaped from the Jamaica Archer Live Poultry and Meat Market in Queens late last week, causing a spectacle as he ran through the streets.
Cellphone video caught his adventure, with an onlooker speculating how scared he must be.
He was finally safely corralled by the NYPD and returned to the slaughterhouse, but the story about his effort to escape death would be what ultimately saved his life.
Yes, you heard right! Cow on the loose-Jamaica Queens.All Officers safe.No injuries.Thank you all for your patience. pic.twitter.com/A1kGV85fUP
— NYPD 103rd Precinct (@NYPD103Pct) January 21, 2016
After hearing about the cow’s escape, Mike Stura from the New Jersey-based Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue hooked up his trailer and headed to Queens to see if he could take him. He waited overnight and convinced the owner the next day that this cow deserved a chance to live.
Stura successfully negotiated his release and has since named him Freddie, after Freddie Mercury from Queen, telling the New York Post, every year, 38 million cattle are slaughtered and that he was happy to save even one.
Freddie is now busy settling in at his new home and will soon be making friends with the other residents at the sanctuary, where he’ll be safe for the rest of his natural life. Being only about a year old, he’s got a long way to go.
Freddie’s lucky to have narrowly escaped death, but millions of other cows and other animals we consider merely livestock, won’t enjoy his same fate.
For updates and more info on how to help Freddie and his new friends, check out Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, and help demand an end to horrific slaughterhouse practices by signing this Care2 petition.