"Some well-intentioned citizens raised $15,000 to buy freedom for three of the bulls. That's triple the price that the slaughterhouse owner originally asked," Farm Sanctuary said in a statement provided to The Dodo on Friday morning. "As is typical in cases like this, the slaughterhouse owner took advantage of would-be rescuers by raising his prices ... All the while, there are many more animals just like the escaped six who are still suffering inside his facility and he will use that 'ransom' to buy even more."
Three of the cows are going to private individuals who bought the animals, according to Farm Sanctuary, and few other details are known. The other three are headed to a local farm, but little beyond this is known about their future there. Some fear that they will end up getting slaughtered once public interest in their fates dies down.