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Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.

Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)

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Unlike those online who lie and hide behind fake photos and insanely fabricated stories, I'm a real person. I'm real and I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. After years of putting up with online abuse by manipulative, pathological liars, attention whores or narcissists, I've had it. Don't bother me with pathetic drama. I have no time for these types of people and their need to absorb others' time and attention.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A “Pardon” For Kayli the Cow « Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

A “Pardon” For Kayli the Cow « Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary


This blog entry is from
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary!










A “Pardon” For Kayli the Cow

Kayli, a young “beef breed” cow, made a dash for her life from a slaughterhouse just outside of Philadelphia. See video at bottom.

June 18th: She was being loaded into the holding pen of the Madina Live Poultry market where goats, sheep, chickens and other animals awaited death. This particular market is a Halal slaughterhouse catering to Muslim customers, but such “live kill” markets are extremely common in urban areas — they sell meat to people from many different cultures. Kayli saw an opportunity and made a break for it–running through the streets for close to an hour searching for safety. Wouldn’t anyone? But sadly she was captured by police and returned to the same pen with the other terrified, doomed animals.
Animal activist Marianne Bessey, a Philadelphia attorney, heard how the cow had run for her life and was moved to help.  She went to the slaughterhouse and begged for Kayli’s life. When it seemed hopeful she might be released, WFAS Farm Manager Sheila Hyslop took our horse trailer and made the 4-hour journey there with dedicated volunteers Mike and Wendy Stura. But the slaughterhouse workers became intimidated when the press and other activists arrived and refused to release the cow. They locked the doors and left the premises.
Elissa Katz, an animal advocate and close supporter of WFAS, contacted the Council on American-Islamic Relations to act as a go-between. The Executive Director, Moein Khawaja, heard her pleas and stepped in to help. After all-day negotiations with state officials and the slaughterhouse owner (who was out of the country at the time), the eventual release of the young white heifer to WFAS was approved!  In fact, she was officially “pardoned” by PA Gov. Tom Corbett’s office and the state’s Department of Agriculture, which waved a law that requires an animal be killed within 10 days of arriving at a slaughterhouse.  (The termpardon seems strange used here since she did no wrong — she only wanted to save her own life.)

JULY 11 UPDATE:

Kayli underwent 2 weeks of mandatory quarantine before she could be transported from Pennsylvania to our New York sanctuary.  She arrived on July 11th and was greeted by staff, volunteers, and friends, who welcomed her with both cheers and tears. See a slideshow!

See a slideshow!




At first she explored her pasture and was a bit shy but within minutes she was running around with glee.  After a while we thought she’d like to meet some of the other animals, and so we opened up a series of gates so that she could see and smell the other cows.  There was a tremendous amount of bovine excitement with cows sprinting up and down the fence-line as if they were playing tag, and then the older ones licked Kayli’s head affectionately over the fence!  See coverage on NBC’s Philadelphia affiliatePhilly.com and YNN-TV.
Here at WFAS she will spend the rest of her life unharmed, care-free and surrounded by loving people who see her as a life to be valued—here WITH us and not FOR us.

You can sponsor Kayli or make a one-time donation towards her care here.





Woodstock Animal Farm Sanctuary is driven by the simple philosophy that kindness and respect to animals is our moral duty and that all the creatures that share this earth are here with us and not for us. Farm animals are feeling individuals who deserve to be treated with compassion.

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