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Cincinnati Freedom, the fugitive cow

Will Tuttle : January 12, 2009


From Yesterday's Cincinnati Enquirer: 

Fugitive Cow Passes Away 
By Barry M. Horstman 
bhorstman@enquirer.com 
January 10, 2009

Cincinnati Freedom, the fugitive cow that drew worldwide 
headlines when she escaped from a Camp Washington 
slaughterhouse in 2002 and eluded authorities for 11 
days, has died at an animal sanctuary in New York. 

The 2,000-pound white Charolais, "adopted" by 
internationally renowned artist Peter Max after her 
stirring escape in Cincinnati, was put down Dec. 29 at 
the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen shortly after being 
diagnosed with spinal cancer. The quickly spreading 
cancer, which becomes apparent in cows only when the 
size of the tumor puts pressure on the spine, caused 
the cow – often called Cinci or Freedom for short - 
to lose the use of her back legs. 

The day before Cinci's death, Farm Sanctuary officials 
noticed her stumbling, and by the following day, she 
was paralyzed and couldn't walk, said Susie Coston, the 
Farm Sanctuary's national shelter director. Even so, 
Cinci, always shy around humans, tried to crawl away 
when a veterinarian arrived to examine her, Coston said. 

Cinci's closest pals in the sanctuary's herd of about 50 
cattle – other slaughterhouse escapees that included 
Queenie from Queens, N.Y., Annie Dodge from Vermont and 
Maxine from New York – were no more thrilled to see the 
vet and dented her car, Coston said. 

The evening before, when her immobility kept Cinci in 
the pasture, her cow buddies spent the night with her. 

"She had some very good friends who were very 
protective of her," Coston said. 

After the vet determined there was no hope Cinci would 
recover use of her legs, sanctuary officials decided 
to humanely euthanize her. 

Again, the herd surrounded Cinci, with one of the oldest 
steers, Kevin, licking her face, while Iris, an older 
female, licked her back to soothe her in her final 
minutes, said Natalie Bowman, the sanctuary's 
communications director. They remained with Cinci 
until she was buried, after initially chasing a worker 
who arrived to handle the sad task back to his tractor. 

"It was very moving," Coston said. "I've never seen 
anything like it. You really saw all those basic 
emotions at work." 

Cinci became a folk hero in February 2002 when, 
moments before she was to be slaughtered, she jumped 
a six-foot fence at Ken Meyer Meats in Camp Washington 
and evaded police and officials from the Society for 
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for a week and a 
half while foraging in Mount Storm Park. 

News outlets from Canada, England, France, Germany 
and Australia covered the elusive cow's saga, which 
also repeatedly made the national news, including 
ABC-TV's "Good Morning America," where then-Mayor 
Charlie Luken pledged to give her a key to the city. 
In the course of that coverage, reporters left no pun 
unturned, milking the story for all it was worth. 

After her capture, Max, saying he was "very touched 
by this cow's run for freedom, for life," bought the 
animal from Meyer Meats and paid to send her to the 
sanctuary in upstate New York, where hundreds of 
animals rescued from slaughterhouses, stockyards and 
factory farms receive lifelong care. 

Max named the cow Cincinnati Freedom. He also often 
called her Cindy Woo, Coston said. 

Sanctuary officials were not certain of Cinci's age, 
but estimate that she was 6 to 8 years old when she 
arrived in April 2002, meaning she would have been 
13 to 15 when she died. "That's a pretty good life 
for a Charolais," Coston said. 

At the sanctuary, Cinci apparently found that it was 
more fun to eat when one did have not to worry any 
longer about being eaten herself, gaining more than 
500 pounds. 

"She was a bit of a chunk," Coston said, laughing. 
Still, to the end, Cinci could clear a five-foot 
fence from a standstill position, she said. "It was 
an amazing thing to see," she said. 

Something of a celebrity at the sanctuary, Cinci drew 
countless visitors familiar with her story. 

"People from Ohio were always visiting," Bowman said. 

Coston thinks she understands why. 

"She symbolized the will to live, to enjoy life and not 
be messed with," Coston said. "We can relate to that."

Veg Inspiration for the Day, Friday

Will Tuttle : January 9, 2009

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To stop the atrocities, we must awaken from the absurd belief that
animals are insentient, trivial, soulless property objects and
challenge our religious institutions to extend ethical protection to
animals. This of course will mean challenging the meals at the center
of social and religious life and the atrocities “hidden in plain sight”
within those meals.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Thursday

Will Tuttle : January 8, 2009

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If we believe absurdities, we will commit atrocities, and we pass it on
to our children, generation upon generation. Our violent actions speak
so much more loudly than our peaceful words, and this is the unyielding
dilemma of the herding culture we call home. The only way to solve this
dilemma is to evolve cognitively and ethically to a higher level where
our actions do not belie our words and force us into unconsciousness
and denial, but rather align with and reinforce our words and the
universal spiritual teachings that instruct us to love one another, and
to have mercy on the weak and vulnerable rather than exploiting and
dominating them.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Wednesday

Will Tuttle : January 7, 2009

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As we look more deeply at our food, the healing of our children can
begin, and our work can be resurrected as an instrument for blessing
and bringing joy and caring to our world.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Tuesday

Will Tuttle : January 6, 2009

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The unremitting conflict and oppression of history are unavoidable
byproducts of confining and killing animals for food, as is the male
role model of macho toughness that is required of both the professional
animal killer (herder) and the soldier. If we desire to eat animal
foods, this suffering is the unavoidable price we must pay.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Monday

Will Tuttle : January 5, 2009

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As the mentality of domination and exclusivism fades, we will be able to heal divisions of gender, race, and class.

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Climate Change International Conference Video

Will Tuttle : January 4, 2009

The following video is of Dr. Tuttle discussing the roots of our culture and how we can create a benevolent transformation of our culture. It is brought to us by SUPREME MASTER TV, a free-to-air satellite channel broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a variety of engaging programs in English with over 30 subtitles and 60 languages making it the ideal television channel that brings Nobility and Spirituality to your life. It is broadcasted on 14 satellite platforms across the globe.

This conversation was filmed at the Climate Change International Conference in Los Angeles and featured speakers like: Supreme Master Ching Hai, Dr. Will Tuttle, Howard Lyman (Mad Cowboy), Dr. Gurminder Singh, Dr. Jim Stewart, Professor Ryan Galt, Lionel Friedberg, Dr. Elliot Katz, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, John Raatz, and Scott Badenoch. The Masters of Ceremony was Jane Velez-Mitchell, the Television News Journalist. Learn more about these speakers here.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Sunday

Will Tuttle : January 4, 2009

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We are conditioned mentally to disconnect our food from the animal who
was mindlessly abused to provide it, but the vibrational fields created
by our food choices impact us profoundly whether we pretend to ignore
them or not. Practicing mindful eating illuminates these hidden
connections, cleanses our mind, heart, and actions, and removes inner
masks and armor so that it becomes quite plain to see.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Saturday

Will Tuttle : January 3, 2009

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The lesson is plain: when we harden ourselves to the suffering we
inflict on animals in our own interest, and justify it by proclaiming
our superiority or specialness, it is but a short and unavoidable step
to justifying and inflicting the same kind of suffering on other humans
in our own interest while likewise proclaiming our supremacy or
specialness.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Friday

Will Tuttle : January 2, 2009

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As we remove the violence from our daily meals, we will naturally
increase our ability to heal our divisions, nurture our creativity and
joy, restore beauty and gentleness, and be role models of sensitivity
and compassion for our children.

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