Shambo, the six-year old Friesian resident at Skanda Vale Temple in Carmarthenshire, is awaiting his fate today. The animal has tested positive for bovine TB and under the guidelines of government vets and the National Farmers Union is recommended for culling.
After much protest, Shambo was allowed to live. This verdict was overturned and the Welsh Assembly vets were sent to the temple this morning to take Shambo to slaughter. In a twist of fate, they forgot their warrants and the protest prayers got louder. The Guardian is following the development of the story here.
What I find most interesting is this petition. The writers have raised a valid point in whether an animal of religious interest should receive special treatment. It’s difficult to see why Shambo should be spared the slaughter that other infected cows have received, given that all cows are supposedly sacred to Hindus.
Temple well-wishers have also offered to pay for medical TB treatment, which is an option the owners of other cows culled didn’t have. I’d like to know why the Assembly are reluctant to try this option, given that Shambo is kept in isolation and isn’t going to be used for meat/milk production like the vast majority of cows killed were? Shambo’s purpose is similar to that of a family pet – to be cared for and treated with love and affection. I’m of the belief it’s unfair to treat him under the same DEFRA guidelines as livestock and dairy cows as he wasn’t reared for these purposes.
What about you?
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