Cow Escapes Slaughterhouse

The story of Molly B lives again in another cow, this time a male in a New Jersey slaughterhouse that somehow figured out how to escape and wound up running across basketball courts in Paterson. During the cow’s run for freedom, spectators gathered and cheered him on. Eventually he jumped in the Passaic River and swam across. (In a rather peculiar coincidence, Molly B also swam across a river to elude animal control officers, but it was in Montana.)

All of the cow’s evasive action defy the stereotype of cows being docile, dumb beasts. Paterson city’s chief animal control officer, John DeCando said he thought the cow must have understood it was next in line for the death walk and was desperate to get away. The cow’s life has been spared by the slaughterhouse owner who agreed to let it be transferred to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Learn more about “Mike Jr.” (named after his rescuer, Mike Stura) here.

“There is this phenomenon in our society when, where one gets away, everyone wants to cheer for that one animal, yet you might go home and eat an animal just like that one that night and never put any thought to it,” said a worker from that charity. (Source: MSNBC)

This comment is probably true, as such stories are allowed to be emotionally moving, but perhaps next to nothing actually changes in terms of human behavior. For example, when Molly B escaped, her story made the national news and many might have cheered her survival, but did not stop eating cows.

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Carrie Anne Brown

glad he got away thanks for sharing :)

John B.
John B4 years ago

Thanks for the posting Jake and I read the article and I hope "Mike, jr" the steer has a long and comfortable life at He earned it.

Diane L.
Diane L4 years ago

Oh, Terri? I've never owned a cow of my own and never said I did. I'd never have a cow because if I had to name something, and feed it everyday, I'd never eat it. Maybe that's why my co-workers used to tease me about how THEIR cows were named "Ham Burger" and "Chuck Steak", just to annoy me. As I said, I lived next door to a man, who, for 24 years raised Black Angus and saw how they were treated, how they were bred and how they met their end. That property was very near a dairy community, so hard to not notice how the cows there were raised, either. If you actually did read my comments, I said the fact that the cow escaped an enclosure means nothing. It's the nature of livestock, at least most of the species, including horses, to do just that. WHY do you think cowboys tethered their horses (most people keep horses inside fences or in barns), or that even dogs, beloved family pet/companions sometimes REQUIRE being fenced or they will wander off?

Diane L.
Diane L4 years ago

Terri, here's one website............scroll about halfway down the page.........

Diane L.
Diane L4 years ago

Well, Terri, if I've confused you with another Terri/Terry, I apologize. I never said I was an expert, only that after many decades of raising my own animals and being raised from infancy with them, living next door to someone for 24 years that raised livestock for food, I feel fairly qualified to voice an opinion. I also devote a lot of time to studying animals, their behavior and watching, reading and researching everything about them possible. I wanted to be a vet when a kid, but didn't have the stomach to take biology, and never had the time to be a "naturalist" after college and becoming a parent.

Personally, I don't care which McCartney said that about abbatoirs, since I didn't hear either of them say it, and "Sir Paul" has never been one I've admired. It was mentioned in several previous Care.2 discussions and links made to websites which quoted him as being the one who said it.

Jane R.
Jane R4 years ago

I'm happy it got away and will not be slaughtered! I feel sad for the ones that were left to their fate.

Terri B.
Terri B4 years ago

diane, you have not heard my beliefs "hundreds of times" because i haven't posted hundreds of times! and what makes YOU such an expert on animals? just because you live on a farm? just because you "own" some cows doesn't make you the expert you try to claim to be. and do not tell me that animals don't know they are going to be slaughtered! animals are very intuitive, and can sense things that people, like you, obviously cannot. read henry beston's "outermost house". there is a great passage about animals and their senses, you could learn a thing or two. and sorry, but it WAS linda mccartney that said "if slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian", not paul. do your research before you start your preaching.

Diane L.
Diane L4 years ago

(cont).........Some horses will not go anywhere else if their fence gate is left open (I have one that is like that), and others will test the fences constantly and look for a weakness and go exploring (have had a few like that as well). Cows will just go willingly into their barns to be fed, then leave when the food is consumed, if their herdmates leave. It doesn't matter how well taken care of or loved by their owners/handlers they are. That's just the nature of cows, even "pet" cows. That's why most who care about their animals have very safe and secure enclosures for them. Jane, do you not ever watch the news on TV? I've seen news clips about a bull that has escaped and running all over a freeway. They were breeding bulls, kept in extremely nice conditions, well fed, etc., no fear of being slaughtered. They found an opening and took was on! I'm betting that was why I had the visits from my neighbors bulls for decades. They sure were NOT made to feel welcome, but they kept coming back.

Diane L.
Diane L4 years ago

Jane, cows will just "escape", given any opportunity, no matter what. It's what they do, which is why most ranchers either let them free range in large, open pastures OR make danged sure their fences are very secure and electrofied. My next door neighbor of 24 years had a Black Angus cow, which he bred every year. She seemed to always have male calves, and each and every year, she and her calf at the time always ended up in MY pastures, as did his 450-lb. sow and her litters of piglets. He had 5 acres. I had two. His pastures had a lot of grass. Mine didn't. However, I did have a barn and a feed room which had at all times, a couple of ton of alfalfa hay for my horses. I can't count the times his livestock were in my barn, trying to get in the feedroom, OR in my pastures, just making a mess out of the ground. They weren't escaping slaughter, they were being fed. Why did they come to my place to "visit"?

BTW, cattle are not that sensitive to "touch". They have a hide 6/X thicker and less sensitive to a fly bite than a horse. Ever notice cows walking around in pastures with birds perched on their backs? They are called "cow birds" for a reason. The birds peck off and eat ticks and biting insects, which the cows don't even feel are there. Horses, on the other hand, are extremely sensitive to biting insects. Please don't confuse the species and their individual characteristics. Even within species, they can all be different. For example, some horses won't go

Jane Barton
Jane Barton4 years ago

Well, he knew SOMETHING was wrong or he wouldn't have RUN FOR HIS LIFE!!! It's so lucky he got away. My grandmother named her cows and they came running when she called them. Animals have all the emotions humans have, they just aren't able to verbalize them. They are very sensitive to touch as well. If a fly bites them they will flip it off with their tail. Someday the other 1.5 million animals a day won't be slaughtered either and I hope that day comes soon. I'm happy that pink slime was exposed. Up until 2001 pink slime was only used in dog food. Parents were feeding their children dog food mixed with bleach for 12 years. DISGUSTING!