Without a doubt, all living species, including those that have long been regarded food for humans, have a right to life. Without excluding any species, there are numerous examples that demonstrate, particularly to nonbelievers, that animals have feelings and deserve to live.
The story of a pregnant cow that knelt to plead for her life shortly before being butchered is an illustration of this.
The tragic incident occurred in a slaughterhouse in the southern Chinese city of Tongyu, where workers were startled to see how the animal begged for its life.
It is unknown whether the employees were aware that the cow was pregnant, but it would be butchered and the meat sold commercially. The cow was able to persuade people not to butcher her after begging, fighting, and refusing to walk.
When the animal was taken to its destination, despite the fact that it was bound, she refused to walk and knelt. The animal’s despair and pleas were so strong that it even shed tears as it was being hauled away, which touched everyone in the audience.
The cow was clearly begging for her life and the lives of her young, according to multiple witnesses who observed the incident.
After one of the workers recorded the incident and uploaded it on the Chinese social media site Weibo, the episode became viral. The video has received millions of views since its release, and a hashtag dedicated to the cow has received hundreds of responses.
The painful moment in which the animal sobs and kneels has elicited reactions from everyone who has viewed the video.
The video lasts around a minute, and you can see how the employees battle to transport the animal to the slaughterhouse, but it fights them. After wrestling with the animal for several hours and failing to achieve their goal, the slaughterhouse staff decided to spare his life.
The intervention of other persons who watched the situation and stared regretfully at the creature’s pleadings also influenced this choice.
Lin Wangbo, a local resident who helped with the rescue, told local media about the operation:
“The cow began to kneel as they drove her to the slaughterhouse.” When they attempted to take her inside, she knelt down and sobbed.
Because the video went viral so quickly, other animal enthusiasts volunteered to aid with the rescue.
The cow would not be butchered, but it could not stay in the area, so the only option was to purchase it from its owner. Knowing this, the animal rights activists decided to host a fundraiser in order to purchase the animal and alter their way of life.
“We hoped to gather enough money to buy the cow and let it free,” said the group.
Fortunately, many people banded together, and enough money was donated in a short period of time to purchase and preserve the pregnant cow. She was escorted to the Huilai Jinshi Buddhist Temple, where they discovered she was expecting a child.
The money left over from the event was given to the temple so that it could provide for all of the cow’s requirements.