During the loading of an export ship in Australia, a cow made a run for it by leaping off the side of the ship. The cow swam all night, trying to make it to shore. But sadly, as a group of canoeists attempted to assist the animal the next morning, he passed away from exhaustion.
Canoeist Pam Roberts said in an interview:
We went around to help because we had a bigger boat. We had a couple of people get in the water as well. They put a life jacket around the cow and a rope to try to bring it in but I think it was at the point of exhaustion. It was extremely sad.
This is the second time in two years that an animal has jumped off a live export ship to save his or her own life.
In 2016, a cow trying to escape his inevitable fate leapt from a live export ship in Western Australia. According to the “rescue team, the animal made it to the shore where he evaded capture and later died, also from exhaustion.
Billions of cows, pigs, chickens, and fish are violently killed for food every year. Many go to great lengths to escape their cruel fates. And despite being just as sensitive and intelligent as the dogs and cats we know and love, farmed animals are relegated to unimaginable torment: brutal handling, torturous mutilations, and life behind cage bars.
The truth is, no animal wants to die to become your food.