Earlier this week, a large, black bull escaped from a trailer while en route to a slaughterhouse in Skowhegan, Maine.
The animal eluded police for 90 minutes, running down public roads. He headed into a forest to avoid capture and even swam across the Kennebec River.
Sadly, after the bull staggered up a steep riverbank and back toward the road, police chief David Bucknam shot the poor animal. The lifeless bull tumbled back down the hill and into the river, where he floated away.
Chief Bucknam told the Morning Sentinel:
It was on its way to the butcher, I believe, and I’m pretty sure it knew that. It just made a break for it. When it came to the top of the bank, I put it down. Unfortunately, instead of staying at the top, it slid to the river.
It’s heartbreaking that despite fighting to save his own life, this innocent animal was killed. Countless farmed animals desperately try to escape their cruel fates. Just last month, a cow in Poland rammed through a metal fence, breaking a worker’s arm, and swam across a lake to avoid slaughter.
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.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: No animal wants to die to become your food.
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