July 26, 2007 |
The Michael Vick dogfighting case, and all of the attention on dogfighting and its attendant practices, show one thing very clearly: As a society, we have no idea what we think about animals. We don't know how much we ought to take them into account, morally. We don't even know how to figure it out. I watched cable news recently, and almost every anchor interviewed an official of the Humane Society, and all expressed horror, especially that Vick's indictment had accused him and acquaintances of executing dogs in ways apparently designed to be as cruel as possible: drowning, strangling, electrocution.
March 29, 1990 |
Under a crisp March sky in the western portion of Lancaster County, where fertile fields awaited spring planting, a group of farmers gathered in a huge barn to wage a war on worldwide starvation. They did it by buying cows. "We never know how many we're going to buy," said David King, a Cochranville farmer who attended a cattle auction with his son, Marvin. "It depends on the price and the mood of the buyers. You play it by ear. If you've got the space, now is the time to buy. " The price and the mood were right for the Kings, who spent $9,300 on 13 cows at the 10th annual World Relief Heifer Sale at Melvin Kolb's Sale Barn in Lancaster this month.
October 6, 1989 |
The Academy of Natural Sciences is, you could say, cow-towing to bovines in a celebration titled "COWS! Fact & Fancy," beginning next Saturday. There'll be live cows, fossilized cows, cow tales, cow photos, cow videos, a milking machine, a walk-through model of a cow's stomach and more. Opening-weekend festivities will include demonstations of ice-cream making and butter making, and appearances by dairy princesses. The bovine bonanza will be capped by a Cow Roundup Festival, Nov. 18 and 19. The exhibit will run through Jan. 15. Events are free after paying the museum's admission fee. The Academy of Natural Sciences is at 19th Street and the Parkway.
June 17, 2013 |
NEW CASTLE, Del. - A cattle truck traveling on I-495 in Delaware overturned on Saturday afternoon, setting two or three cows loose along the roadway, state police said. The accident happened shortly after 2 p.m. on the ramp from I-495 northbound to Terminal Avenue at the Port of Wilmington. Two or three cows escaped and walked onto I-495, Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. John Day said. No people were injured. Day said he didn't know how many cows were in the truck or if any of them were injured.
October 12, 1999 |
Gateway Inc., the personal-computer company that is recalling one million little rubber cows that promote its corporate logo, said yesterday that other companies should withdraw similar advertising items to avoid harming children. "We bought these little cows off the shelf, and just added our corporate name," said John W. Spelich, director of corporate communications. "We are urging the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to track down [similar products] before someone gets hurt.
February 15, 2014 |
Disaster nearly struck a herd of about 100 cows Thursday after the wooden roof of a Richland Township barn collapsed under the weight of snow, according to officials. Luckily, the bovine escaped unharmed, said Keith Schroy, Richland Township Fire and Rescue Chief. He said all the animals had been moved to a second barn on the property by the time his crew arrived at around 1 p.m. No humans were injured, either, Schroy said. "It was fairly basic," he said, adding that the two barns were relatively close together, thus limiting the length of the impromptu cow migration.
April 2, 1987 |
Arsenic poisoning from an unknown source caused the deaths last week of 30 Angus cows on a Gloucester County farm, officials from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture said yesterday. State and county officials have been investigating the mysterious deaths of the cows, which died between March 22 and March 26 on a West Deptford Township farm operated by John F. Marple Jr.; his father, John Sr., and his brother. "The cause of death was arsenic toxicity, but the source has not been identified," said Dr. Janice Nicol of the Agriculture Department's Division of Animal Health.
January 18, 1987 |
While their cows napped and munched the afternoon away, eight teenagers from Montgomery County spent several hours last week stringing up green-and- white banners across their cows' stables at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The students also draped wide strips of green satin with ornately penned nameplates over each cow's head. The nameplates introduced visitors to 11 dairy cows with names such as Lollipop, Primrose and Nutmeg. This year, unlike in previous years, the Montgomery County 4-H Club was determined to be noticed.
October 8, 2006 |
"Ze cheesemaker iss married wis an American," the man at the neighboring table told my friends and me at a cafe in Lauterbrunnen, gateway to the Jungfrau region of Switzerland. The region draws visitors from around the world. They board red railcars to the 11,333-foot Jungfraujoch. En route, movie fans gaze out the window - cut through solid rock - that Clint Eastwood clambered into in The Eiger Sanction. Nearby, the Alps' longest cable car rises to the Schilthorn, whose summit restaurant starred as the lair of villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
July 15, 1991 |
In the minds of many a city dweller, dairy farming is performed by a freckle-faced rustic in coveralls and straw hat, perched on a wooden stool as he milks Bossy. In real life, the modern dairy operation is more likely to resemble Richard Waybright's 1,800-acre-plus farm, with its air-conditioned computer room that so thoroughly monitors production that he can tell which cows are ailing, ovulating, pregnant or in need of a better feed mix. At the Waybright family's Mason Dixon Farms near here, the cows wear computer chips.