Escape of cattle from St. Louis slaughterhouse spurs roundup

Workers wrangle cattle in St. Louis after slaughterhouse escape
Workers wrangle cattle in St. Louis after slaughterhouse escape
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04 April, 2017

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2nCoShR ) the animals were picked up Monday from the slaughterhouse and taken to an area farm. News 4 reported that a herd of cattle escaped from star packing company, located in the 3800 block of Cote Brilliante.

In this Thursday, March 30, 2017 photo, a heifer busts through an iron fence at the Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Louis.

Six head of cattle that drew national attention last week after escaping a north city slaughterhouse are being relocated to animal rescue farms in California and Tennessee. Officers were seen holding tranquilizer rifles. Animal control officers and the Humane Society of Missouri were on hand to help, police said. A cattle trailer was backed up to a home in the area.

Gentle Barn co-founder Jay Weiner says his animal sanctuary intends to keep the steers either at its Tennessee farm or a new one.

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"If anyone wants to buy them, that's fine", Hamdan said.

But even if Coston's group won't pay for the cattle, perhaps others will. Adam Brewer, of Chesterfield, set up a GoFundMe account Thursday night in hopes of buying the animals' freedom.

Omar Hamdan with Star Packing Company says an open gate at the slaughterhouse allowed the kosher heifers to slip free - the first such escape Hamdan says he's seen in more than 40 years in the business.


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