American Homesteaders in Sweden Prepare to Slaughter Rare Cow Because She’s “Different”
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Skövde, Sweden (April 11, 2018) – On Wednesday, April 11, a Scottish Highland cow named Sally is scheduled to be killed by an American-German family simply because she is “different.” Over 1,500 people from around the world have signed a petition calling for Sally the cow to be released and relocated to a sanctuary home that is ready to take her.
Sally currently lives on Swedish Homestead Farm which is run by a German-American family at an undisclosed location in Skövde, south Sweden. She is the legal property of Simeon Fuchs who has been documenting aspects of Sally’s life via updates to the Homestead’s Facebook page and Youtube. A recent video details Fuchs’ decision to kill Sally and sell her body parts. Fuchs talks about how Sally is “nervous”, “shy” and “suspicious,” calling her a “bad influence” on the other cows.
“Sally may be suspicious and nervous because she recognizes her dire situation, living on a farm with humans who intend to consume her and sell her babies and bodily products,” says Marilyn Kroplick M.D., President of In Defense of Animals. “Sally is a free-thinking individual whose plight has moved hundreds of people to call for mercy. Her individuality and emotion should give us all pause in the ways that we treat cows and other animals. While we acknowledge the importance of local food production, we call on Swedish Homestead not to kill Sally, to allow her to be relocated to her new sanctuary home, and to focus on plant-based agriculture.”
Bonnie Carlson, a social worker from California, heard of Sally’s plight and started a petition urging the Homestead to send Sally to a sanctuary. The petition has already garnered over 1,500 signatures since it was launched on April 6.
Carlson has worked with disabled people, seniors, and impoverished families, and notes that while Sally has avoided the horrors most cows face on factory farms, she is nonetheless “seen as nothing more than a source of food and income production.”
In Defense of Animals has worked with Carlson to line up a sanctuary home for Sally where she can live out the rest of her life in peace. The charity is calling on Swedish Homestead to give Sally a second chance at life and grant her mercy.
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