Still to this day, this moment is one of my most heart-breaking memories bearing witness outside a slaughterhouse.
Witnessed in this video, a cow had fallen down.
Who knows how long he/she had been laying there.
Blood splattered about the down cow and others surrounding suggest evidence of a broken leg/ sever injury.
You can still see how the cows were so gentle to try not to further harm their fallen friend.
„They’re transporting cattle from 1,200 to 1,500 miles away on a trailer, 40 to 45 head crammed in there …. [In the winter], can you imagine if you were in the back of a trailer that’s open and the windchill factor is minus 50 degrees, and that trailer is going 50 to 60 miles an hour? The animals are urinating and defecating right in the trailers, and after a while, it’s going to freeze, and their hooves are right in it. If they go down—well, you can imagine lying in there for 10 hours on a trip.“
—Former U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinary inspector Dr. Lester Friedlander