PICO RIVERA (TUSEN) – A new notice board has been installed to draw attention to the 40 or so cows that escaped from a slaughterhouse in Pico Rivera last month and went on a rampage in a residential area.
The billboard titled “Remember The Pico Rivera 41” was installed on Beverly Boulevard and Di Maria Road, near Manning Beef.
On the evening of June 22, around 40 cows escaped through a gate that had been accidentally left open by a Manning Beef employee.
The herd galloped through a residential area about a mile from the slaughterhouse.
At one point, about 20 to 30 settled into a cul-de-sac on Calico Avenue surrounded by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies. MPs attempted to round up the cattle, but were unsuccessful, and the cattle scattered throughout the neighborhood.
A cow was slaughtered by MPs after charging a family of four. Early the next morning, 38 of the cows had been rounded up and returned to the slaughterhouse by experienced breeders.
The last remaining cow was found two days later in a park in South El Monte, about five miles from the meat packing plant. This cow was moved to an animal sanctuary and her life was spared thanks to a donation from Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren.
The remaining cows that returned to the plant were slaughtered.
The billboard was funded by several animal rights groups, including Animal Alliance Network, Peace 4 Animals and World Animal News.
“Taking action to save animals’ lives is the most important thing we can do to create change,” Katie Cleary, president of Peace 4 Animals and World Animal News, said in a statement. “This notice board reminds us that animals are sentient beings who should be treated with compassion and respect. With so many delicious plant-based food options now available, there is simply no justification for cows, or animals, to be slaughtered mindlessly for their meat. This must stop, not only for the health of people and animals, but for the future of this beautiful planet we all share. “