Cattle Uprising Thwarted in Mexico

This cow did not go to slaughter quietly.

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Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor. He has written for The Awl, The New Inquiry, and elsewhere.

Cattle have a herd mentality, following their extended family wherever it may go.

Before cows' cousins, American bison, were nearly wiped out, Native Americans (whom European colonizers also all but erased from the High Plains) used to hunt the animals by driving them off cliffs, taking advantage of their natural instinct to follow the pack. Today cows are herded into slaughterhouses—and rather willingly, for the most part.

 “For the most part,” because in Mexico one cow pushed back, according to a story in the Yuma Sun. Last week in San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, a cow “jumped over the railing of a pen used to restrain it” while it awaited slaughter; it broke a gate as it made its escape from the facility.

The cow damaged a number of cars and killed a man, Alejandro Garcia Martinez, 31, as it tore around the surrounding neighborhood. The one-bovine uprising ended when police shot and killed the escaped animal.

If more than one cow tries to make a move like this, things might end differently.

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