Stormy is a 1,600 pound, seven-year-old Hereford cow who resides in Philadelphia. She was used as a prop in a live nativity scene at the Old First Reformed United Church of Christ, but she escaped, twice, in one day … in just a matter of a few hours. Her first escape had her wandering down 1-95, posing a serious risk to both her own life and the lives of countless people who were driving on the highway. Police had to set up a risky plan to corral her off the road. In Stormy’s second escape, she wandered into a parking structure in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, where she again was corralled and taken in.
Shockingly, the church did not learn a single lesson from this chaos that not only posed a serious risk to Stormy’s life and the lives of countless innocent civilians but also used public resources and the time and energy of law enforcement. Rather than realizing that a live nativity scene is not a bright idea, especially in a giant city, the Church replaced Stormy with another, smaller, cow named Ginger.
A petition has been set up to speak out against this live nativity scene. Stormy and Ginger are not the only animals used as props for it; goats, sheep, and donkeys are also used for entertainment at the scene.
If you agree that this live nativity scene should be shut down and replaced with non-living props instead, please take a moment to sign the petition.
There is great power in public opinion, so please make sure to share this with your network as a lesson why animals are not ours for entertainment!
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