Plucky heifer who fled from abat­toir is spared

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A young cow which fled an abat­toir to avoid be­ing slaugh­tered has been saved by well­wish­ers, a French an­i­mal rights group an­nounced on Satur­day.

The heifer made a last- ditch ef­fort to save her life at an abat­toir near Am­bert, south­east­ern France, on June 30.

The des­per­ate an­i­mal ram­paged through the build­ing and got out­side, tak­ing refuge in the grounds of a nearby hos­pi­tal.

She was tran­quil­ized with a dart gun — a move that gave her a stay of ex­e­cu­tion be­cause the drug made her meat un­fit for con­sump­tion.

Dubbed “Cor­nette” ( Lit­tle Horn) and “The Cow Which Re­fused To Die,” she be­came an In­ter­net celebrity.

Stephane La­mart, who runs an an­i­mal rights group, joined with a French singer and ac­tress, Stone, to raise money to save her.

“This cow is a sym­bol,” La­mart told AFP.

“It shows that an­i­mals do have emo­tions and con­scious­ness, and can feel stress and sense the smell of death. We wanted to give her a sec­ond chance.”

Well- wish­ers paid Cor­nette’s owner 1,500 eu­ros ( US$ 1,650), plus another 500 eu­ros to trans­port her to the Paris area.

Cor­nette — now preg­nant — will spend the rest of her life with her calf at a farm in Mont­magny, near Paris, which teaches ur­ban school­child­ren about ru­ral life.

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