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Vegan Activists Vandalize Iowa State Fair Butter Cow With Red Paint

| by Emily Smith

Vegan activist group Iowans for Animal Liberation poured red paint on the Iowa State Fair’s iconic butter cow early Sunday morning, spray painting “Freedom For All” across the display window.

The group took credit for the act in a news release on Sunday night, detailing how they hid in the Agriculture Building Saturday night and emerged when the fair closed. They later broke into the refrigerated room where the butter cow was displayed and poured red paint over the sculpture in imitation of blood.

"The paint represents the blood of 11 billion animals murdered each year in slaughterhouses, egg farms and dairies," the statement read. "We intend this action to serve as a wake up call to all who continue to consume meat, dairy, eggs, leather and all animal products.”

The provocative symbol, however, did not remain intact for long. The damage was discovered Sunday morning and a sculptor replaced the damaged sections.

Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Scott Bright said the damage was more of an inconvenience than anything else.

“The butter cow looks good now and everything is back to normal,” Bright said.

The butter cow has been a tradition at the Iowa State Fair since 1911. The cow is made of 600 pounds of butter surrounding a metal frame, and the butter is reused for up to 10 years.

The fair typically attracts 1 million visitors annually.

Sources: Gawker, Fox News

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