May 6, 2009 Leave a comment
or “headline of the day”
The news came over the radio in the clipped jargon of police officers:
Queens. Loose cow. 103 Precinct. 109 Avenue. E.S.U. reporting a loose cow at the location.
And, by getting loose in Jamaica, Queens, on Wednesday afternoon, this cow may have earned herself a reprieve from the slaughterhouse from which she escaped, officials said…
It seems due to her quick thinking escape, she is now going to be transported to a vegan farm Upstate that takes in animals found running loose in the City (something I thought was simply a story you told kids when their dog had to be put down…)
The spokesman confirmed that officers handed the cow over to Animal Care and Control officials.
“The cow did not go to the slaughterhouse,” said the police spokesman, who said the details of the capture were still being analyzed.
The police spokesman — apparently as uplifted as anyone about the cow’s new lease on life — said he suspected the cow, by escaping, had acted to save its own life.
“I think it’s because it made it out,” he said.
Let that be a lesson to us all. Just because it has been determined that we are to be slaughtered and fed to the masses does not mean we can not all change our destinies by trying to break free from our bondage.
All those other cattle who didn’t bother to question the bloody grate under their feet are now burgers, but this one – this radical cow who refused to do what she was told – will live out her days in peace.
We can all learn something from that.