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The Life of Freedom

>> Friday, November 13, 2009

Many of you wrote me to ask about how Freedom is doing now (story from my last post). I emailed the Farm Sanctuary and got the response below. Please watch the slideshow and read the rest of Freedom's story. Cry with me as you celebrate Freedom's amazing life and the wonderful people who loved her.

Hi Jan,

Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, we lost Freedom earlier this year to spinal cancer. We memorialized her passing in the story and slideshow below.

You are welcome to reference this memorial in your blog. Many people loved and admired her, and she is greatly missed at our sanctuary.

Thank you for writing about her rescue and for all that you do for animals.


Tricia Barry
Communications Director
Farm Sanctuary
P.O. Box 150, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Office: 607-583-2225 ext. 233

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Unknown November 13, 2009 at 12:46 PM  

I am so happy to hear about Freedoms wonderful life, but sad to hear of her passing. How touching, someone was loving enough, to do this for her!

Jan Mader November 13, 2009 at 5:22 PM  

I know! Isn't this group amazing? I'm not a vegetarian, but I eat meat that's not factory raised. Give me a small farm like Lily's!

When I was a little girl, I used to ride my grandmother's cows in the summer (no horse then). I couldn't bring myself to eat them in the winter even though I knew they'd had a nice life in a green pasture.

T November 13, 2009 at 6:35 PM  

I just got caught up. Freedom was definitely a special cow, wasn't she. I am happy to know she had a good life before her passing. I have always admired cows, they are beautiful animals.

PS. I've been trying to access your blog for a week, and every time I click on your blog from my list of blogs I follow, it comes up with a blog in another language, called MY Iphone blog, by Jan Mader?

Jan Mader November 13, 2009 at 7:40 PM  

I have no must be the blog gremlins at work! My goodness!!!

2cats November 13, 2009 at 7:54 PM  

It is an amazing group that Freedom lived with. The organization deserves many awards, but probably doesn't want them.
The cows that were Freedom's friends are really too sweet for words.

Two French Bulldogs November 13, 2009 at 7:58 PM  

What a wonderful group...remembering Freedom
Benny & Lily

Tweedles -- that's me November 13, 2009 at 9:20 PM  

Thank you for sharing the information about the wonderful Sanctuary, that gave Freedom a sense of what it was like to be loved.
We all need love,,, even if were a cow.
I was very sad to hear she died.

Jan Mader November 13, 2009 at 10:29 PM  

I was sad too, but glad for the beautiful life she had for seven years. I had no idea. I'm glad I found that story and learned more about this group!

Lillian Robinson November 13, 2009 at 10:35 PM  

I loved seeing her pictures again. We've talked of getting a cow, but it would be for milk. Their eyes are so sweet, I don't think I could eat it either. It's a shame that some farms haven't figured out that you can raise animals for food and still be humane.

Jan Mader November 13, 2009 at 11:17 PM  

I know, Lily. Too many factory farms out there. I'm all for the local farmers!

Ziggy Stardust November 13, 2009 at 11:42 PM  

Thank you for sharing that Jan. What a nice post.


Lillian Robinson November 14, 2009 at 12:23 AM  

Yes, do bring them down! It's a small tour, but my critters love showing off for company!

SANDY November 17, 2009 at 10:16 AM  

I'm so dumb about animals, had no idea a cow could get spinal cancer? Learn new things every day. Pretty amazing the whole story. Nice they got back to you for the follow up Jan. Not the ending you wanted to hear I know; but good of them never to less.


Maria November 26, 2009 at 3:12 AM  

It seems she had a dignified death in any case, rather than the slaughterhouse!

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