Here's the story as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Macaroni, a cow affectionately known as “Big Mac," was blessed and pardoned at the Pennsylvania State Fair by Pope Francis for Cow Appreciation Day, but she was accidentally sent to the slaughter house and turned into burger patties for fast food restaurants.
“I feel awful bad about the mistake,” confessed Barney Beadle, a foreman at the Washerst Fast-food Meat Processing Plant. “When they brought the cow in and everyone was shoutin’ ‘Big Mac! Big Mac! Big Mac,’ I didn’t know it was her name. I thought they was just admirin’ the quality beef in that cow.”
The blessing of the cow is an annual tradition by the Pope just before Cow Appreciation Day, similar to the pardoning of a turkey by the President of the United States just before Thanksgiving. However, the cow’s life is supposed to be pardoned, and then the bovine is led to a local library for cow rides sponsored by the American Library Association. Big Mac, though, was inadvertently sent through the meat processing plant because of her name.
“I wish now I’d named her Wellington,” sobbed Big Mac’s owner Dolores Coote. “Then the kids could be ridin’ her instead of enjoyin’ her with fries.” Coote then ordered a trio of Happy Meals for her triplets, Beau Dell, Ry Dell, and Moe Dell.
“She’s in a happier place, though,” supposed Coote as she sucked up her vanilla milkshake. “But it’s hard to swallow,” she added as she bit down on a mouthful of quarter-pounder.
For information on Cow Appreciation Day, click HERE.