TRENTON, NJ  – A cow that gave birth after narrowly escaping death in December has inspired new legislation that will protect future pregnant bovines from being slaughtered.

Brianna’s adventure started on December 27 when she miraculously escaped the truck just minutes from the destination where she was scheduled to meet her fate. After fleeing on foot down Route 80, Brianna was given a reprieve and sent to Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in Wantage where she gave birth to a health calf, Winter, just two days later.

Introduced by Paterson’s Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, “Brianna’s Law” will make make the slaughter, transport for slaughter, or sale of a pregnant cow a fourth-degree offense punishable by up to 18-months imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

“All animals deserve to be treated humanely and with dignity,” WImberly said. “A pregnant cow is no different. This measure will help ensure that perpetrators pay, literally, for failing to exhibit such treatment.”