Update (October 2020)
Thank you to everyone who contacted the First Baptist Church of Southwest Broward about the solitary cow on church-owned property in Cooper City. We know that the church received many, many emails and phone calls from people like you who were concerned about the cow.
A Broward Sheriff’s Office sergeant visited the property in response to ARFF’s complaints and determined that, although not ideal, the cows are provided with what is legally required (food, water, minimal shelter). ARFF will continue to push for additional shade structures and other improvements to the property. We will update you again if conditions change.
Switching to a VEGAN diet is the most important thing you can do to stop the suffering of cows, as well as chickens and other animals on farms big and small in Florida. ARFF’s “101 Reasons to Go Vegan” video is a great place to start to learn about the benefits of a vegan diet for our health, the environment, and the welfare of animals.
On a small field surrounded by homes and businesses in Cooper City, Bambi the cow lives a lonely life. Her only shelter from the hot sun is a small bush and a strip of fabric.
Cows can suffer from heat stress in Florida’s high temperatures and humidity. Excessive heat stress can be deadly. In addition, cows are social animals who do best with the companionship of other cows. Bambi deserves a better life!
The property is owned by the First Baptist Church of Southwest Broward. Keeping a cow or two on a property is a well-known method of lowering your tax bill. By claiming the property is a commercial cattle operation, the church saves thousands of dollars each year in taxes.
You Can Help
Please contact the First Baptist Church of Southwest Broward and ask them to relinquish the cow to a sanctuary. The church could continue to receive tax benefits if they used the property for other agricultural activities, such as growing crops. Contact:
Pastor Thomas Odom
First Baptist Church of Southwest Broward
2700 N Palm Avenue
Cooper City, Florida
Phone: (954) 404-7706
“I urge the First Baptist Church of Southwest Broward to relinquish Bambi, the lonely cow living on church property on Palm Avenue, to a sanctuary where she can enjoy life with other cows and receive the care that she deserves. It would be wonderful if the church used the property instead to produce fresh fruits and vegetables that could be provided to food pantries or other charities that help people in need in Broward County.”
Please share with ARFF any responses that you receive.