Steer runs away from his own murder

Steer runs away from his own murder

Just like most vegetarians, I have a huge weakness for animals. I love seeing their furry faces. They smile when they are happy, and they cower when they are scared.

Many meat-eaters however, don't believe that animals are aware of their surroundings. They don't think they have emotions, and they really don't believe they can sense when they are about to be slaughtered. This is simply not the case.

Did you know that many animals cry and scream on their way to the slaughterhouse?

Earlier this week, one brave steer took control of the situation. His scheduled death ended up being the adventure of a lifetime.

The evening at a New Jersey slaughterhouse was pretty uneventful until a certain steer shook things up. On his way to his execution this steer, now named Mike, sensed his impending doom. Instead of shaking and crying up the ramp, this smart animal took off running.

The workers at the slaughterhouse tried to capture Mike, but he was determined to get away. According to onlookers, the steer ran through the streets, across a basketball court and eventually wound up at the banks of the Passaic River.

Surely Mike would have to surrender to his murderers, but instead, this courageous steer jumped into the cold waters and swam to the other side. Once he was on land again, he kept running. At one point, he even ran into a police car, but neither steer nor vehicle were hurt.

People in the streets could be heard cheering for the steer.

John Decando, chief animal control officer, was finally able to tranquilize the terrified steer. Instead of driving him back to his death, the slaughterhouse owner felt he deserved his freedom. Mike the steer is now resting comfortably at an animal sanctuary, where he will live a long and peaceful life.

After some medical treatments to bandage up some cuts and scrapes, Mike should be a happy guy. Too bad he couldn't help some others escape with him.

I wonder how many of the cheering spectators went home and ate a burger that night?