According to NPR, two cows in Fountain, Colorado, were recently rescued by firefighters after they wandered onto a frozen pond and fell through the ice.
Up to their necks in water, the cows tried to pull themselves out, but the ice broke every time they got their front hooves up onto it.
Armed with an ax and a saw, a quick-thinking fire captain was able to rescue them by cutting a path in the ice and leading them to shore. The Associated Press reports that these cows are in healthy condition although they’ve been returned to a local rancher.
While it’s wonderful to see these firemen go to such great lengths to rescue these animals, the majority of cows in the U.S. do not receive the same consideration; instead they are treated as mere meat- and milk-producing machines.
MFA undercover investigations across the country have revealed a culture of cruelty and neglect throughout the meat and dairy industries. Cows raised for beef and milk live short lives of misery and deprivation, often confined to filthy, cramped feedlots.
The best thing we can do to prevent animal suffering on factory farms is to leave meat and other animals products off our plates.
For tips on making the transition to a vegetarian diet, check out ChooseVeg.com.
Photo: Darin Anstine/AP