200 Wisconsin Cows Die In Incident Not Related To Slaughterhouse

Another day, another mass animal death. Following the instant departures of — among other groups of animals — North Carolinan pelicans, Italian doves, Oceanic fish and Tucsonan bats, 200 cows in Wisconsin have died, most likely due to an infection. The hamburgers in training never saw it coming.

AOL reports the cause of the cattle call from the great beyond is probably infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, a disease that can spread quickly and lay dormant until stress sets it off.

There is a vaccine, but apparently no reliable treatment once the disease is contracted.

What do you think the next group of animals to go down will be?

200 Dead Cows in Wisconsin: 3 Facts About Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis [AOL]

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  1. rpm773 says:

    What do you think the next group of animals to go down will be?

    Bears. Some time this Sunday.

    But I hope not

  2. JoeTheDragon says:

    What do you think the next group of animals to go down will be?

    Red wings

  3. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    What do you think the next group of animals to go down will be?

    Elephants and Donkeys. For cash, of course.

  4. blogger X says:

    What do you think the next group of animals to go down will be?

    Penguins!

  5. Chip Skylark of Space says:

    If it’s ‘Sconsin, then these are milk cows and not hamburger cows, so put away the ketchup and the barbeque sauce.

    • cinnarose says:

      All cows, when they stop producing milk, are sent to the slaughterhouse. It’s just a matter of time.

      • wrjohnston91283 says:

        I would imagine old dairy cows become dog food, since they’re probably tough and stringy by that point and dog’s aren’t that picky about it.

  6. MeowMaximus says:

    Once again, why is this Consumerist worthy?

    Can some one PLEASE explain to Phil that the name of this blog is “Consumerist” not “Whatever random sh*t I feel like Posting”

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      These cows will probably be made into cat food.
      How could that possibly be of interest to MeowMaximus?

      • MeowMaximus says:

        MeowMaximus is a strict Fishatarian, thank you.

        Now if this story was about cows dying of some strange disease, and then being sold to humans as food, THEN it would be Consumerist worthy. But it isn’t.

        • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

          No, they get ground up and fed to other cows. ‘Downer’ goin’ down

        • dangerp says:

          I see a mass death from a segment of our food supply to be a consumer issue. Especially if (as the article implies) it will cause beef growers to add yet another vaccine to the list that’s injected into our meaty friends.

    • kbr3970 says:

      Thats what I was thinking. I sent Consumerist praising Easton-Bell for great customer service, but it has yet to be posted.

  7. AllanG54 says:

    Someone please tell me what kind of stress a cow has. I’m sure Git’em SteveDave will know.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      The recent cold/snow spell. Cold weather dries out the membranes, and suppresses the immune system.

      • AllanG54 says:

        See…I KNEW you would have the answer.

        • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

          Yeah, we have horses, and you can see that they heal slower in cold weather than they do in warm weather. But the cold itself isn’t that bad, it’s when they get wet, like in rain/ice. That wet hair just sucks the heat right out of you. In regular snow, many of our horses are coated in snow, and they just shake it off, and keep going.

    • SunnyLea says:

      I’m really tickled now, though, trying to imagine a stressed out cow.

  8. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    What do you think the next group of animals to go down will be?

    Humans, our time is up.

  9. CrankyOwl says:

    Why oh why couldn’t there be a mass die-off of cockroaches? Or spiders? Something icky & creepy-crawly.

  10. NumberSix says:

    Sea Turtles.

  11. gman863 says:

    I suspect the cows were part of a satanic cult that met its end when the bovine leader forced them to drink from a trough containing infection-laced grape Kool Aid.

  12. Bang Uchiha says:

    A cause from factory farming, I recommend “Food Inc” for a great documentary on this.