16 August 2011

Activists adorn Iowa State Fair butter cow with ‘Go Vegan’ sign

Since 1911, the Iowa State Fair has featured a butter sculpture in the shape of a cow—ahhh tradition. But this was the first year the creamy bovine asked fairgoers to give up meat and dairy.

Thanks to a band of animal rights activists, the world famous Iowa State Fair butter cow was adorned with a sign that read “Go Vegan” for approximately 2 hours Sunday morning.

An email from an “animal rights group” to the Des Moines Register explained why the protestors decided to decorate the state fair’s worthy contribution to high society and culture:

"We took this action to bring attention to the billions of animals enslaved for their milk, eggs and flesh," claimed the activists. "The butter cow represents humankind's tyranny over defenseless animals."

We know what you are thinking, and yes according to fair spokesperson Lori Chappell the butter cow is just fine and the impact of the wackadoo vegan message was “minor” since it was placed on the sculpture early in the morning.

Whew thank God.

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Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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