A recent article in People magazine highlights the story of a cow named Bonnie, who escaped a farm that raised and killed cattle in Holland, New York, and joined a deer family in the forest.
The story goes: Bonnie heard the desperate cries of her family as they were rounded up to be auctioned to a slaughterhouse, and one day when the farmers were busy loading a trailer, Bonnie seized the moment and escaped into the nearby forest.
While word of Bonnie spread around town, she managed to avoid capture. Weeks later she was still wandering through the snowy forests of upstate New York. Many questioned how a cow could survive on her own in the woods during the brutal northeast winter, but they soon found out Bonnie wasn’t alone.
Cameras set up by a group of hunters revealed that Bonnie appeared to have been accepted by a deer family as one of their own. She traveled, ate, and rested with them.
After a few weeks, a local animal lover named Becky Bartels started approaching Bonnie with food and eventually got close to the skittish cow. Sadly, neighbors threatened to kill Bonnie if she wandered onto their land. This is when Bartels contacted nearby Farm Sanctuary and worked with them to save Bonnie.
Fortunately, Bonnie now enjoys life at the sanctuary where she gets to be free, but she’s one of the lucky ones. Countless farmed animals desperately try to escape their cruel fates. Earlier this year, a bull in Maine escaped from a trailer en route to a slaughterhouse. Tragically, police shot and killed the poor animal. Similarly, a cow in Poland rammed through a metal fence, breaking a worker’s arm, and swam across a lake to avoid being killed.
Billions of cows, pigs, chickens, and fish are ruthlessly killed for food every year. Farmed animals are just as sensitive and intelligent as the dogs and cats we know and love, yet they are relegated to unimaginable torment: filthy conditions, horrific mutilations, and a life of agonizing confinement.
Bottom line: No animal wants to die to become your food.
If you found yourself cheering on Bonnie and were touched by this story but you’re still consuming animal products, it’s time you aligned your food choices with your values.