About 30 cows who had escaped from a field in Wrexham, North Wales on Friday were rounded up by police and residents only to be massacred later in front of children and onlookers.
A group of children who were playing outside were reportedly screaming in horror, while staff at the Chirk Community Hospital closed their curtains to keep people from viewing the slaughter.
The cows, who had been wandering in the road and in people’s gardens, were rounded up and herded into a field near the hospital. Residents apparently thought that would be the end of it, but no, not quite.
The Wrexham council met with the Welsh Assembly Government and animal welfare officials and decided to have the cows killed on “welfare grounds,” and not because of disease…or anything reasonable.
According to Andy Lewis, chief housing and public protection officer, “The operation was carried out to prevent further suffering and distress to the cattle.”
Obviously cows who have been rounded up and are laying around and eating out in a field must be distressed and suffering and what else would you do with distressed and suffering animals but shoot them all dead. Obviously.
It’s alright though, because they carried out a risk assessment in the interest of public safety and all. Residents are angry, to say the least, and can’t believe the cows had to be shot.
Joanne Jones said she was “disgusted.” Another said, “I can’t believe all the animals had to be shot. It’s appalling what’s happened.”
Edward Jones told the Daily Mail that “Children were screaming and in tears because they had gone to see the cows in the field and then we heard shots ringing out. It was horrific. One shot after another sounded and some of the youngsters were hysterical and traumatised by it.”
The cows were removed and will be incinerated. The owner may face charges, but no further comments have been made by officials.
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