A ‘stubborn’ cow desperately tried to stay inside a truck after being brought to a slaughterhouse where it was scheduled to be killed and butchered. The animal would not come out of the truck after arriving at the Steving Meats Company in Kersey, Colorado, on October 16.
Workers used another cow to try and coax the frightened cow out, but the animal still refused to leave. A worker then told the animals’ owner to bring the truck around to the front of the building so they could stun the animals and drag them out into the slaughterhouse.
Those workers fetched a .22 magnum rifle and immediately stunned one of the two cows. The second remained standing and turned its head away after two attempts were made to stun it. A different weapon was then brought out, and the cow was successfully knocked unconscious after being shot a third time.
The distressing incident came to light because an inspector from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was visiting Steving Meats at the time. A subsequent inspection found that two of the three attempts to stun the cow had struck outside the acceptable area for such shots to be targeted.
Both animals were ultimately killed, with Steving Meats having its license to operate suspended as a result. Animal rights group Peta condemned the incident, and asked for the local Weld District County’s Office to consider criminal charges.
A Peta spokesman told the Greeley Tribune: ‘This disturbing report shows that this cow experienced a prolonged, agonizing death at Steving Meats Company.
‘Peta is calling for a criminal investigation on behalf of the cow who suffered at this facility and urging all compassionate members of the public who are disturbed by this cruelty to go vegan and help prevent more animals from suffering in slaughterhouses.’
Neither Weld County District Attorney’s Office nor Steving Meats have commented on the incident.
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