"It was an inconvenience, that's what it boils down to," Bright said Monday. "I think they focused on the Butter Cow because the Iowa State Fair is known for the Butter Cow. I think they tried to hinder people going to see the Butter Cow and, basically, it didn't work."
Sarah Pratt, the sculptor of the Butter Cow, scraped off the paint before the display opened. Fairgoers, however, got to see her fixing the cow, reapplying butter where needed.
The animal rights activists hid in the Agriculture Building on the fairgrounds overnight Saturday, picking the lock of the refrigerated display case with a screwdriver.
"The paint represents the blood of 11 billion animals murdered each year in slaughterhouses, egg farms and dairies," said a release from the animal rights group sent to The Gazette.
A Butter Cow sculpture, usually weighing 600 pounds, is made of wood, metal wire, a steel mesh frame – and, of course, butter. It has been a fixture at the state fair since 1911. Five different women have been butter cow sculptors since then.
At least 1 million people visit annually, according to the Iowa State Fair website, with thousands passing by the famous butter bovine.
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(Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP, File). FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Alva Campbell, convicted of fatally shooting Charles Dials.
Attorneys for a condemned killer whose execution was stopped after 25 minutes of unsuccessful needle sticks are once again recommending the firing squad as an alternative.