A plucky white cow that escaped the clutches of a Philadelphia slaughter market has at last been granted a reprieve. The unnamed bovine ran from the market in Upper Darby and was running the streets until being recaptured, and was destined for sale again until animal lovers got involved.
Animal activist and lawyer Marianne Bessey reportedly negotiated the sale of the animal over the phone, and had planned to take it to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in New York. Bessey went to the butcher shop (catering to Muslim clients) where the animal was being held with the agreed $800, but the transaction was refused with a shop worker saying they could not sell live animals.
On Friday Moein Khawaja, the executive director of the PA based Council on American-Islamic Relations, got involved and acted as mediator and after all day negotiations the pardon was finally granted. The cow must first undergo a physical and serve two weeks quarantine to ensure it is free of disease, and then will be heading for a long and happy life at Woodstock.