Saturday, April 13, 2002

Star cow a hit in New York

Cinci Freedom starting to calm down at Farm Sanctuary

By Randy McNutt,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        From Cincinnati to New York, from hamburger to tofu.

        The runaway cow is settling in at her new home at the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, N.Y., where she arrived at about 5 p.m. Thursday.

[photo] Cinci Freedom before she left Cincinnati.
(Gary Landers photo)
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        “It took her about three seconds to bound off the trailer,” said Lorri Bauston, the nonprofit group's executive director. “We called to the other cows to come greet her. They all touched noses.”

        Farm Sanctuary employees call the cow Cinci Freedom. Ms. Bauston said she was greeted by a group of employees, volunteers and “well-wishers” — 50 shelter cattle who will be her field mates.

        Ms. Bauston said the testy cow is calm and already will let people touch her. In a few days, she will be placed with other cattle.

        “We're all excited about having her with us,” Ms. Bauston said. “We hope that people from Cincinnati will come up to visit her.”

        The cow ran away from a Camp Washington slaughterhouse in February and roamed free for 12 days before it was captured.

        The cow was given to New York artist Peter Max, a board member of the Farm Sanctuary. In return, he will give paintings to the Hamilton County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

        Ms. Bauston said the cow will help educate the public “that farm animals are sentient beings who need to be treated with kindness and compassion. Cinci Freedom demonstrated to the world that cows have feelings too, and would choose freedom if given the chance.

        “Cinci Freedom will now help teach people to save more cows by encouraging people to adopt a vegetarian diet.”


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