DES MOINES (AP) — An animal welfare group intent on sending a message in support of veganism hid until closing time, then poured red paint over the Iowa State Fair's butter cow. But the damage was quickly scraped away and visitors never knew the iconic sculpture had been damaged.
Iowans for Animal Liberation claimed responsibility for the attack in a press release emailed Sunday night. It said members hid in the cavernous Agriculture Building on Saturday night and emerged after the fair closed for the day. They then broke into a refrigerated room where the sculpted cow and other butter sculptures are displayed and poured red paint over the cow.