‘The Jersey Five’: Cows facing slaughter find home in Vermont
By Todd Petty
The Warren (N.J.) Reporter | March 15,2013
Kathy Gorish / VINE Sanctuary
Athena and Electra, two of the “Jersey Five,” are photographed on wooded land at the VINE Sanctuary in Springfield.
FRELINGHUYSEN, N.J. — Five pet cows that were facing slaughter earlier this year recently found a home in Vermont.
The owners, an elderly couple living in Frelinghuysen who could not afford to take care of the animals, originally planned to have the cattle slaughtered in January, but granted The Barnyard Sanctuary time to find them a home.
More than two months later, the VINE Sanctuary, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide a “haven for animals who have escaped or been rescued from the meat, dairy and egg industries or other hurtful circumstances” based in Springfield, Vt., is now the home of the cows formerly named Athena, Duke, Big Baby, Frick and Frack. The cows are now referred to as “The Jersey Five” on the VINE Sanctuary Facebook page.
The process was long, and many deals fell through before finding the right home, said Tamala Lester, president and founding director of The Barnyard Sanctuary. A lot of people approached Lester hoping to get the cows for slaughter, she said.
The animals were delivered in three trips in a trailer that was driven from New York to Frelinghuysen to Vermont, Lester said.
“It’s hard to find people who will take cows and it’s hard to find people who will take cows for the right reason.”
The VINE Sanctuary also took 27 hens and four roosters from the same family in Frelinghuysen, said Miriam Jones, co-founder of the sanctuary.