Volume 96, Issue 58
Tuesday, January 14, 2003

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Dead cow on Western's campus

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

A dismembered cow head was displayed on Concrete Beach outside of the University Community Centre yesterday.

"It's an art piece," said cattle cranium exhibitor and third-year fine arts student Glen Daniel.

The cow's frozen, yet somehow inquisitive face and skull, was mounted on a red tarp. Written on the tarp in black spray paint were the words, "Talk about it over a burger." Most students passed by the display, giving the decapitated beast a wide berth.

"It's about animal rights and anti-violence and using animals for consumption," Daniel said, noting he is a vegetarian. "It's for a class, although I didn't really follow the assignment – I just did my own thing."

Daniel, who attained the head from a slaughterhouse, said reactions from students ranged from "That's disgusting" to "That's just fucking sick," while adding he thought his course instructor was impressed with the project.

"I think it's a very good way to reconnect people to the sources of our food," said Mike Cozens, a first-year social science student. "A lot of people don't realize how brutally the animals [are] raised."

Second-year administrative and commercial studies student Dana Gowdy said the display was a little weird.

"It doesn't really affect me," she said, adding she is not a vegetarian and the demonstration would not change her eating habits."

University Students' Council VP-campus issues Nicole Nelson said Daniel failed to properly reserve the space. "We're getting the hazardous waste people to get rid of [the head]," she said. "It's a health and safety issue to have dismembered animal parts on campus." The victimized bovine will likely be incinerated, Nelson said.

When asked about animal rights, the cow head responded with a vacant stare.

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