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Butter Cow Vandalized

DES MOINES, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Authorities are looking into a claim made by an animal rights group after the Iowa State Fair Butter Cow was vandalized over the weekend. 
   A group calling itself the Iowans for Animal Liberation claimed responsibility in a statement to media outlets.
   Sunday, officials discovered red paint on the cow and the glass that protects it.  The group claims it broke a lock to gain access to the display.  The sculptor of the butter cow came in Sunday to scrape the paint off the attraction.
   Authorities are now investigating, but there have been no arrests in connection with this case.

Read the full statement from the group sent to the media below:

Iowans for Animal Liberation is taking responsibility for destroying the iconic Iowa State Fair "Butter Cow" on the night of August 10th.

We hid inside the Agriculture Building and emerged after closing. After dismantling the lock to the refrigerated case housing the Butter Cow with a screwdriver, we doused the entire butter sculpture in red paint. The paint represents the blood of 11 billion animals murdered each year in slaughterhouses, egg farms, and dairies. We then left a painted message on the glass of the display: "Freedom for all."
We intend this action to serve as a wake up call to all who continue to consume meat, dairy, eggs, leather, and all animal products: You are directly supporting suffering and misery on the largest scale the world has ever known.
Each year, nearly 1 million people visit the Butter Cow, a life-sized cow sculpted out of butter. Let this action be a reminder that this attraction represents the suffering of billions of animals each year: animals stolen from their mothers on dairy farms, imprisoned in cramped cages on egg farms, ground up alive in hatcheries, and hoisted by their legs while their throats are slit in slaughterhouses. The Butter Cow is a symbol and celebration of this mass murder.
The Iowa State Fair has attempted to cover up this action from the media and fair-goers since it was discovered early Sunday. With this communique, we are submitting a link to a photo of the sabotaged Butter Cow, taken the night of the action.
If factory farmers continue to lie to the public that their farms are "humane," then they will be happy to accept our challenge:

  • Allow the media and public into your farms.
  • Allow the media and public into your slaughterhouses.
Nothing to hide? Let us inside.
Iowans for Animal Liberation
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