Thursday, February 28, 2002

Peter Max enters bid for escaped cow

By Marilyn Bauer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A world-famous New York artist who heard the story of Cincinnati's runaway cow wants to set her free in an animal sanctuary.

        Peter Max, who made it big in the '60s with his psychedelic folk renderings of rock stars and planetary fantasy scapes, was touched by Charolais' story.

        “I heard about it yesterday,” Mr. Max said Wednesday by phone from New York. “I was doing a video and a friend came in and said: "Have you heard about the cow?' He knows I am an animal-protection guy. Big time.”

        Mr. Max promised to provide $180,000 worth of artwork if the cow could be set free. “They can put the beautiful artwork on the walls,” he says. “They can do whatever they want. I want to save this cow and give it a long life on a beautiful farm.”

        The cow escaped from a Camp Washington slaughterhouse and eluded capture for 11 days, until Monday.

        The beautiful farm Mr. Max referred to is a New York animal sanctuary for escapees from slaughterhouses.

        “I believe every animal that goes to slaughter knows what is intended,” he says. “This is a very sad situation.”

        If Charolais makes it all the way to the Empire State, what then?

        “Maybe I will do a portrait of her,” Mr. Max says. “I would be thrilled to.”


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