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The Lonesome and Cruel Death of Beautiful Coco

Coco the Goat died unattended in state custody on April 7, 2021.

She was illegally seized from her home, along with her kids, Shadow and Baby, and her entire goat family, under false pretenses and a warrant secured by fraud by agents of the State of Connecticut.

The reason?

Coco and her goat family were the heart and soul of the Mothers Milk Project. Visit KatieTheGoat.org.

The Mothers Milk Project collected samples of milk from goats and human mothers and had it analyzed by an independent certified laboratory for the presence of radioisotopes released by routine operations of the Millstone and Indian Point nuclear power plants.

That’s why Coco and her goat family were so dangerous to the State of Connecticut: they provided irrefutable scientific evidence of ongoing dangerous radiological contamination of the environment.

Milk samples from the goats and human mothers revealed the presence of strontium-90 and strontium-89 – both deadly carcinogens especially harmful to children and developing babies.

Goat milk collected from 147 Cross Highway in Redding, Connecticut, downwind of Indian Point, contained detectable levels of strontium-89: 2.1 and .4 picoCuries/liter on two different dates.

Breast milk from human donors residing in the Hudson River Valley in 2009 contained detectable levels of strontium-89: 3.3 picoCuries. A sample of goat milk collected in Duchess County NY in 2008 contained 5 picoCuries per liter. Because of the unique characteristics of strontium-89 – particularly its relatively short half-life of 50 days – if it can be detected it is scientific proof that it was dispersed to the nearby environment recently by a nuclear fission event.

For years, the State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection collected and sampled milk collected from goats near Millstone. In a residential neighborhood two miles downwind of Millstone in Waterford, Connecticut, riddled with cancer and other diseases resulting from radiation exposure, DEP routinely detected radioactivity in goat milk. DEP kept its records secret, buried in its basement archives. It never informed the public, not even those living two miles downwind of Millstone.

Goat milk is considered the “gold standard” for measuring radioactive contamination of the environment.

The Waterford goats have moved on and DEP has terminated its goat milk sampling program.

That’s why Coco and the Mothers Milk Project are so dangerous to the State of Connecticut, which is devoted to propping up Millstone with secrecy, lies and deceptions and concealing its true dangers to the public it is obligated to serve.

The Mothers Milk Project is devoted to exposing the truth about Millstone’s deadly human impacts.

Coco’s unnecessary and tragic death occurred on March 7, 2021. To date, the State of Connecticut has revealed no “official” explanation of the death.

But we know that Coco died from despair, malpractice of state veterinarians and the determined, sick and deliberate cruelty of the State of Connecticut.

Coco was healthy and bright-eyed when she was stolen from her home.

As Coco’s illegal seizure was underway – a sneak attack with no advance notice – Coco’s owner pleaded for the opportunity to share Coco’s complicated medical history, prescribed medication and social history with veterinarians and staff of the state’s Department of Agriculture (“DOAG”) responsible for the brazen raid so they could provide appropriate care to her during her temporary confinement at the DOAG facility.

DOAG ignored her pleas; DOAG and its agents deliberately discontinued Coco’s course of treatment in knowing ignorance of her medical history.

In the days that followed, Nancy repeated her pleas to the Commissioner of DOAG, Bryan Hurlburt, Bruce Sherman, acting state veterinarian and many others in the state government.

All her pleas were ignored.

Coco was deliberately and wrongfully deprived of the medical care and therapy she needed by the State of Connecticut.

A Connecticut-state-licensed veterinarian is under a legal duty of care to obtain the medical history of an animal he or she is treating from its owner if available. Failure to do so is grounds for malpractice and license termination.

Had they listened to Nancy, DOAG’s veterinarians and staff would have known that shortly after giving birth to two beautiful kids, Shadow and Baby, Coco was head-butted by another goat. Goats are known to head-butt. The blow to Coco was crippling: she could not stand and could not nurse her newborn babies. Nancy obtained milk from other recent goat mothers and bottle-fed the babies for weeks. They thrived. Nancy sequestered Coco from the other goats and tended to Coco’s needs, including applying physical therapy. Coco was completely reliant on Nancy for her needs and the two developed a deep bond of love. Although Coco wanted to, she could not nurse her babies, but that did not lessen their extraordinary attachment. Eventually Coco was back on her own feet and strong enough to rejoin the herd. But she would continue to have a limp. Her bond with Nancy never diminished in its intensity. Coco acknowledged Nancy’s gift to her – life itself – every time she cast the gaze of her beautiful blue eyes toward Nancy. Coco herself was a gift.

After they seized Coco and her children and all the others, DOAG agents noticed Coco had a limp. They did not ask Coco how she got her limp. In a state of wilful ignorance, the State of Connecticut translated the limp – of origin unknown to them – as evidence of neglect and cruelty by Nancy, co-founder of the Mothers Milk Project.

The people of the State of Connecticut need to stop its shameful and dastardly animal cruelty and abuse. It is not just an egregious violation of animal and human rights. It is a moral outrage.

Nancy is determined to win the battle to free the goats from their imprisonment by the state. The goats need to be removed from temporary state custody immediately.

Won’t you please help?

This battle is expensive. You will be rewarded with a jolt of personal satisfaction that you contributed to the safety and well-being of a precious animal in service to the public interest.

Please mail a donation to:

Mothers Milk Project
c/o Nancy Burton
147 Cross Highway
Redding CT 06896 You may also contact Nancy at NancyBurtonCT@aol.com. Thank you!