Senseless violence on a dairy farm

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Senseless violence on a dairy farm

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A rescued dairy cow, now safe from senseless violence

This Monday, someone stabbed 4 cows on a Comox Valley dairy farm. According to the Comox Valley Echo:

A senseless stabbing attack on four dairy cows at a farm on Dove Creek Road has the Comox Valley RCMP appealing to the public for information.

One of the four cows was so badly injured that she had to be put down, while the other three are expected to recover.

But one of those three cows was pregnant, due in June, and she has now aborted the fetus, likely due to the stress.

The owner of the farm, Barb Milley, is quoted as saying “Who would hurt innocent cows that have no grudge against anybody?”

This is a truly senseless attack on innocent animals. But it’s important to keep in mind that this is a working dairy farm that “has more than 200 cows of all ages and produces about 2,650 litres of milk per day.” So, in answer to Barb’s question, my answer would be: Barb Milley. How many innocent calves has she sent off to slaughter? How many cows has she sent to the slaughterhouse when they are past their prime milk-producing time?

Here’s another part of the story that’s not quite what it seems.

The cow that had to be put down was stabbed on both the left and right hand sides in the soft part of her belly, just like the pregnant cow, but the wounds were bad enough that a five-pin bowling ball-sized portion of her internal organs was outside her body.

She was sent to the slaughterhouse.

Being “put down” is not quite the same as being put on a truck, hauled to a slaughterhouse, getting hit by a captive bolt, hung upside-down, and bled out. What sort of merciful euthanasia is that?

No mention is made in the article that all of these “innocent cows that have no grudge against anybody” are destined for the slaughterhouse, where lots worse than getting stabbed will happen to them. This after having countless babies stolen from them, all so they can be forced into milk production, over and over again. Where’s the story about that? Why aren’t the police talking to Barb Milley about her systemic abuse of innocent animals? Why aren’t we outraged about the crimes committed on her farm every day?



January 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm

It seems that the outrage occurs when the economic plans for animals are interrupted. These animals, in the minds of most people, are there to serve the needs of people above the needs of the animals, and when something stands in the way of those animals fulfilling their “destiny” of “serving” mankind, then and only then do people get upset. For most people, their compassion stops at the edge of their plate.


January 17, 2010 at 11:32 am

Barb Milley is cruel, greedy and will not bat an eyelash hurting innocent animals. This is why instead of calling the vet to have the injured and dying cow humanely euthanized, she rushed to call the slaughterhouse. As long as that cow is still breathing when dragged into the slaughterhouse Barb can make good money from her flesh.

Sarah P

January 17, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Great article, very honest.


January 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm

thanks for this article.
The hypocricy is so iconic.
The farm owner feels the pain of the needless suffering
Only when she faces economic loss.

I joined this site just today and it was a good read


January 19, 2010 at 2:05 am

Very well analyzed, Glenn.

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