Monday 02 October 2017 | 24

Jo and Liberty: two cows, two destinies

They both felt fear. Coming from this windowless hell were cries, noise, and screams of pain mixed with the odour of blood and entrails. Jo and Liberty didn’t want to go in. Jo fell, Liberty fled…

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Jo fell from the van. Just a calf, he broke his pelvis falling on the floor. He was then pulled across a "rough surface," he had to get up. But how can you when your tendons are broken, and your muscles torn? No-one bent down to help him, support him, speak to him, or to shorten his suffering. So Jo stayed on the bare concrete, in the pouring rain for almost two days. The abattoir's neighbour, the Society for the Protection of Animals, was helpless. The management ignored the societies request to act. The manager of the establishment was taken to court. We are waiting for the judgement at the end of June.

Liberty was luckier. In June 2005, this beautiful blonde cow from the Aquitaine region, distraught at the odour of blood, jumped over the barriers to escape from the Auch abattoir, then ran as fast as she could, as far away as possible from this house of horror… Hungry, she found herself in a much appreciated lush green garden. She hoped for a bit of peace but it is not easy for a cow to hide! Her executioners managed to find her and took her back to the abattoir but upon examination the vet said she was too stressed - adrenaline ruins the taste of meat. So her slaughter was delayed to the next day. For One Voice, it was the beginning of a fierce battle. Here followed twenty-four hours of tough negotiations, intense pressure, and an interview with Arthur (a well-known French TV and radio presenter) and Muriel Arnal! Thanks to media and public support in a time when social networks did not exist, Liberty was saved. For ten years, she lived happily in one of the member's sanctuaries. She died peacefully from old age at the end of a happy life.

The real taste of meat is the taste of fear. Whether the cow is brought up in a field, treated well, nurtured, fed on the best grains, or has lived the nightmare of industrial farming: the issue remains the same. From birth, the calf is condemned to death on a precise date, determined by its race or function, milk producer, steak or pale child flesh. No other destiny is possible other than to finish on death row, at the end of a more or less short life. When a cow escapes, as Liberty did, the law refuses her the right to live out her life in a welcoming sanctuary. She must die, because she has been born for that, she has been fed for that and she cannot represent a loss on an investment.

Today, French consumers are more and more affected by the question of animal well-being. Certain people refuse to go to a dolphinarium, because of the suffering of the dolphins there. Others refuse to consume palm oil, because orangutans die for it to be produced. Without doubt it is time for us to confront another truth which is just as cruel and is much closer to home: meat is the remains of an assassinated animal person. These muscles are taken from a cow with big soft black eyes, who would also have loved to graze with his friends in a big field, or play childhood games, where death will only befall naturally. "Everyone is scared of death", said the Buddha, "everyone wants happiness". This is also true for cows!


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Paola | Friday 20 October 2017

L'horreur des abattoirs, je la connais depuis 22 ans, et depuis 22 ans je ne mange plus ni viande, ni poisson. Depuis la diffusion des vidéos sur les abattoirs, certaines personnes de mon entourage, qui sans doute avaient besoin de "voir" pour croire comment sont abattus les animaux qu'ils mangent, m'ont dit, tête baissée, "je te comprend maintenant......".
Le jour de l'ouverture de la "ferme des 1000 vaches", j'ai décidé d'arrêter les produits laitiers, un boycotte pour exprimer mon opposition à ce type de bâtiments où l'on enferme les vaches.
Certains dans mon entourage me prennent pour une "extra-terrestre", être végétarien c'est être "différent" de la majorité, et la différence, quelle qu'elle soit, dérange toujours.
Mais cela n'a pas d'importance, je suis en paix avec ma conscience, et en excellente santé !
Tenez-nous au courant de l’issue du procès de la gérante qui a lâchement laissé agoniser ce pauvre Jo.
Merci One Voice.

Fifi | Sunday 15 October 2017

Comment lutter contre toutes les injustices, les violences, la barbarie envers les animaux, domestiques ou sauvages: dans les cirques, les abattoirs, les élevages, les boutiques qui en font un commerce illégal, .... comment mettre fin aux rites, traditions, jeux qui se terminent souvent dans le sang pour les animaux? Comment expliquer qu'il est inutile de manger de la viande deux fois par jour, tous les jours... ? Comment faire prendre conscience aux hommes que la cruauté envers les animaux est un acte gratuit?
Depuis plus de trente ans, je n'entre plus ni dans une boucherie, ni dans une poissonnerie. Je ne mange ni viande, ni poisson.

lurabo11 | Thursday 12 October 2017

Bravo et merci à ONE VOICE, et à toutes les autres associations de défense des animaux.
Je suis un homme et je regrette que ce soient majoritairement et parfois exclusivement les femmes qui expriment leur compassion envers les animaux (et je les en remercie vivement).
Que faut-il faire pour que l'être humain en général prenne conscience de la souffrance qu'il inflige inutilement aux animaux ?
J'ai arrêté de manger de la viande, et progressivement je supprime de mon alimentation tout ce qui a une origine animale. Je m'en porte très bien et peut-être mieux qu'avant.
Débattons ensemble paisiblement sur ce sujet, sans agressivité. Alors peut-être que nos petits enfants connaîtront un monde meilleur...

Rose | Friday 06 October 2017

Et dire qu'il y a des milliards de Jo par an sur la planète...