After a Daring Escape from a Slaughterhouse, This Runaway Cow is Finally Safe

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.

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.

Sitting here at the slaughterhouse…

They said they’d be here until 8:00pm, but no one is here…

So far my trailer is empty…

Posted by Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue on Thursday, January 21, 2016

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, safe and sound…
Getting to know his new brothers and sisters…

Posted by Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue on Friday, January 22, 2016

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.

Hopefully his story will help inspire more people to see cows and other farm animals as individuals with personalities who want to live free from harm.

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.

253 comments

Nellie K Adaba
Nellie K Adaba2 months ago

There's a French cow in France called Marguerite who did the almost the same type of thing. Now ,that's another smart cow, who knew what her fate would be.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

Suzana Megles
Suzana Megles4 months ago

I'm a little confused and I see others are too. Aren't all cows female? The males are called bulls I believe. Will have to check this out on the internet.

Monica R.
Monica R.4 months ago

Thank you Mike for the rescue. Enjoy life Freddie! Btw. he is an ox.

Monica R.
Monica R.4 months ago

Thank you Mike for the rescue. Enjoy life Freddie. Btw. he is an ox.

Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIE4 months ago

Thank you, first of all to the cow, and then to her rescuers.

angel l.
angel l.4 months ago

Agree with you Karen N. Most people don't understand or refuse to believe that there's afterlife. Common sense tells us that there's got to be ways to pay back for what we owe or take from this lifetime or otherwise, every single soul will do ALL the bad deeds without worrying about being caught. We may get away this lifetime but some where down our lives will have to pay back. ALL SENTIENT BEINGS ARE CREATED EQUAL!!!!! Treat others how we want to be treated. Go vegan.

federico bortoletto

Grazie...firmato petizione.

Veronica B.
Veronica B.5 months ago

Big Heart Stura for rescue this precious cow!!! Thanks!!!

Dianne D.
Dianne D.5 months ago

glad the cow was saved. I don't eat meat so animals don't have to lose their lives or be subject to animal cruelty