By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

Down the tube!

Things That Went Moo in the Night

Over three million dairy cows are sent to U.S.
slaughterhouses each year. Imagine for a moment each
creature's experience. She is loaded onto a crowded truck,
packed in tightly with her sisters. She is then driven many
miles in the middle of the night to her death. Some animals
do not make it that far. They cry. They scream. Those
unlucky enough to survive the trip are roughly unloaded from
the truck, and are prodded with electrical devices of
torture to go up a ramp to their final fate. Stun gun, sharp
knife to the throat, meat hook; some remain conscious as the
blood still drains from the wounds in their necks. Those who
feel pain react by kicking wildly, and are rewarded by
having their thrashing legs removed by chainsaw. The
adrenaline permeates their flesh.

A used up dairy cow is culled from her herd and sent to the
slaughterhouse when she is no longer profitable to the dairy
farmer. Often times, disease ravishes her stressed body.
Tumors grow. Leukemia or tuberculosis or bovine AIDS
overwhelms her stressed immune system.

Three times per day milking dissolves their bones from
within. Nearly one-hundred percent of cows end their lives
this way. They are given no respect as living, feeling
creatures. Ear tags merely identify cows as numbered
agricultural units.

Each living animal is skinned, gutted, and beheaded. The sum
total of her life is now referred to as meat. She is cut up
into halves, then quartered, then portioned.

During the month of March, 2003, one-thousand special cows
were cut up into steaks and the meat was stored in freezers.
These animals are special because of what happened to them
on Sunday, June 30, 2003. Stampede Meat Company of Chicago
recalled the body parts of these 1,000 processed creatures,
and have been directed by the United States Department of
Agriculture to destroy the meat.

One of the great ironies is that much of the meat has
already been distributed to restaurants and supermarkets in
Canada. We ban their meat for fear of Mad Cow Disease, and
then ship them our potentially lethal meat tainted with E.

The recall:

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A herd of 1,000 discarded cows lived to die so that their
universal statement could be heard:

Our flesh is tainted. We live to serve you and then our
diseased flesh is recycled into your bodies.

Robert Cohen, author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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