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50 cows make a break for it!

50 cows make a break for it!

Posted 11 May 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: cows, live export, cattle, video, FREEDOM

As Australians, we love the underdog. We cheer on the unlikely hero, hoping they'll overcome all odds, and get the happy ending they deserve. When I heard of the mass cow breakout in Broome earlier this week, there was part of me that couldn't help but cheer the heroes on.

Of course, I realise that when cows are on the loose their own welfare is at risk. But sadly, where they were headed before they escaped was likely to be much worse. And their dash for freedom was a little reminder that if animals had a choice, there would be no live exports and no slaughterhouses.

Broome is an absolutely beautiful place. Unfortunately it's also a loading port for Australian cattle being sent overseas. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that animals who are exported don't have much to look forward to. The journey is stressful enough, but even that doesn't compare to being slaughtered fully conscious in a country with no animal cruelty laws. (btw, you can help end the trade with just 30 seconds of your time).

Now, cows aren't dumb, so it's no big surprise that some of them made a daring moo-ve (awful pun, sorry) to escape. In a stirring moment, around 50 of the bovine rebels made a break for it! Some dashed inland, some headed to the coast.

This story of animals making a break for freedom is one that occurs many times throughout the year. Sometimes the lucky escapees even get to live full, contented lives on sanctuaries. This particular incident is tinged with sadness though. Of the cows that escaped, 16 headed out to sea, with only seven able to be rescued. The rest drowned.

On the flip side, around 20 of the "Friesian Fighters" (a nice pun for the cow fanciers out there) are still livin' large, roaming the scrublands around Broome! How long they'll be free for is anyone's guess, but I've got my fingers crossed that they never again see the inside of a truck, ship or slaughterhouse.

Maybe the Broome escapees had found inspiration in this song?

n.b. Of course, I'm not suggesting that cows be armed with rifles. That would be ridiculous -- like suggesting that 12 year olds be allowed to go hunting by themselves (or tbh ... at all!). That'd be nuts! Oh wait ...

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froggyone froggyone 14 May 2012
1
Love that song, had not heard it in ages! tech
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Lu Lu 18 May 2012
2
It just goes to show how intelligent cows are - sadly the ones that drowned would have died a lot easier and simpler than the brutal death they would have received if they hadn't broken free
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Danidanger Danidanger 18 May 2012
3
Go the Cows!  I have an Oscar Wilde quote to cheer them on in their life free of live export - "Disobedience, in the eyets of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue.  It is through disobedience that progress had been made, through disobedience and through rebellion" cow
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Emma87 Emma87 18 May 2012
4
Haha yeah pretty funny story... but on 'the flip side', feral or wild cows also create a lot of environmental damage and hurt other animals in Australia! Trampling vegetation, competition for food... While I hope in the long term the entire live export and meat industry will be abolished *fingers crossed*, and that these cows are sympathised with, celebrating their 'freedom' out in the bush might not be a great thing
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Cherry Cherry 20 May 2012
5
go cows!!
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Kelsey1 MsDrago Kelsey1 MsDrago 6 August 2012
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I love the end: Then came chickens in choppers!
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