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Cows With Holes Directly To Their Stomachs

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And I'm not talking about their mouths either! Or assholes. I'm talking hole holes, like, holy shit(!), that cow has a freaking hole in it!

These cows have been given a fistula, a hole directly into the stomach that scientists can reach into and study to see how certain foods get digested. Through this kind of work, better food can be concocted and studies into stomach cancer and other problems can be conducted. Although it looks inhumane, the cows don't seem to mind.

*HORF* You know, now that I think about it, I think they had a cow like this at Virginia Tech when I was there. Of course, I never saw it because I wasn't allowed anywhere near the animal husbandry department. Funny story -- did you know sheep can file restraining orders?

Hit the jump for some even more disturbing imagery.

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HOLY COW! [slightlywarped]

Thanks to MLou, who can unscrew her bellybutton.

There are Comments.
  • kenus

    This is sick...This thing is all because of The society and industry of companies.
    to reduce risk of food. As long as Our human industry is developing, and reducing it will be more cruel...

  • ashley white

    Immoral, disgusting, careerist-driven bullshit research

  • Arizelle

    http://aerzte-gegen-tierversuc...

    I'm way late to post to this discussion, but aside from an ethical standpoint I think this is a great example of why animal experiments aren't only not necessary but actually harmful to advancing research for humans.

  • Azucar Cakes

    disgusting... im vegetarian forever...

  • Peri Ebeid

    Having a hole like this can cause inflammations and other problems, how can you manage to secure the animal from all of this? Does it hurt the cows? It seems so painful and uncomfortable !

  • osa-polar

    Not Cool :-(:-(:-(:-(:-(............

  • all those with a mindset, they are just cows, etc, are not gonna fare well on judgement day. We are part of nature, not above it.

  • Ian Stewart

    This is actually true. I used to work for a specialist security company and we had a contract protecting BSE research labs near Straford upon Avon in Warwickshire UK. I was unlucky enough to see this first hand. I must add at least the ones in the UK had little protective windows in them. It was a shame to see the accelerated onset of BSE in the cows. I also witnessed a few being shot when they escaped. Not good but what price for food safety????

  • Matt

    This cant be real... the cows would get instant infections with an open channel to the belly! I can see it in a controled lab but not outside, impossible.

  • just saw the cow with holes in the TV show Squeamish from Discovery... what a sacrifice they have ! but it also almost made me throw up my dinner / v \

  • Funny thing about this is that I remember seeing this video when i was in probably 4th grade or so...  I thought it was awesome!  Cows seem to be doing just fine.  I have an idea... let's take all of these bleeding hearts down here that are crying for the cows saying that we should do this to humans instead and let's put fistulas in them!.. or their family members and loved ones.  YA!!! THEN we'll be getting some research done without hurting an animal that is being raised to be eaten anyways.  i'm a flippin genius... who wants to go first?!?

  • ashley white

    You are a giant piece of shit

  • Jadis

    this should be done to anyone animal or human. Maybe that's the point you're missing.

  • How about we just lock up idiots with limited intelligence like you and rid the world of stupidity? That sounds like a better idea to me.

  • Jadis

    I will try to explain why this is wrong without freaking out. 

    There is a hole in a living being. 

    The image of the child reaching in is especially disturbing. There has to be a less invasive way to accomplish the supposed goal. This only teaches and reinforces that 'lesser' creatures are only to be used and not respected as a life form. I love ribs as much as the next guy, but I don't agree with inhumane treatment. 

  • robingee

    You enjoy ribs.

  • It's a cow.
    And it's only some cows, used for study.
    Or do we disagree with vaccines too?

  • Jadis

    "It's a cow." Is the kind of mentality I'm talking about.
    to restate; there has to be a less invasive way to accomplish the ... goal.

  • Humans have had holes inside them too (from accidents rather than purpose admittedly) and have lived perfectly normal lives. In fact, one man with a hole in his side volunteered to let scientists watch his digestive process to allow them to learn more about human digestion.

    What you are essentially saying is that cows cannot do this while humans can and have. Therefore you are saying that cows should be treated with more respect than humans, then asking for the same respect levels.

    Please, do some simple background research before criticizing ethics.

  • Jadis

    accidentally is one thing, volunteering is something else. I'm not asking that the cows be treated better than people, but they shouldn't have holes put in them either. They didn't volunteer or ask for this. It wasn't an accident that's being taken advantage of. Someone else volunteered them. It was purposefully done. If this sort of thing had been done to a person, not accidentally or by their free will but forced on them by
    someone else, this would not be such a minor subject of debate.

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