As 40 newly liberated but frightened cattle were walking and trotting through the unfamiliar streets of the Los Angeles suburb of Pico Rivera, thousands of local residents watched on television and clamored for their freedom. Alas, 38 of the 40 were rounded up before the end of the day and we returned to the slaughterhouse for their deaths. One other cow was killed by police. The 40th cow evaded authorities for two days before she was finally captured in a park and loaded into a slaughterhouse-bound trailer. But by this time, songwriter Diane Warren and animal activist Simone Reyes had managed to negotiate a plea for her life, and after a brief quarantine, she will be transferred to Farm Sanctuary in Acton, CA where she will peacefully live the rest of her life surrounded by other liberated animals and their loving caregivers.
As an aside, we have long wondered why so many people will call for and even fight for any animal that temporarily escapes their horrible fate, but will still happily keep chewing their burgers and pork chops.
There is a good story about the escape in the Los Angeles Times, and the story about the one cow's ultimate liberation in VegNews
Update: It was later learned that a second cow had evaded capture for eight days, and was later given the opportunity to live out the rest her life with her friend and all of the other animals at Farm Sanctuary.