This report below appeared in the Irish Daily Mail on January 26th 2011. What a sad scene it conveys – a cow, obviously frightened and stressed from being in a cattle mart – makes a bid for freedom. The locals want to shoot it, a “welfare” officer from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brands the creature “a rogue”, a vet tries to move in to destroy it.
This article gives a small insight into the deplorable way animals are regarded and treated in the dairy industry. Read it and ask yourself if you want to continue supporting this cruel industry.
If you care about animals and don’t want to contribute to the suffering of cows, please choose non-dairy alternatives to milk, cheese, butter and ice cream. They are readily available in your supermarket or health store.
No wonder townsfolk feel cowed
by Pat Flynn
Irish Daily Mail, January 26, 2011
She looks as though butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth – but when her chance came for freedom, she decided to milk it for all it was worth.
This bothered bovine bolted from a cattle mart yesterday morning and ran hell for leather through Ennis town, running over a Garda and three passers-by in the process.
Lord only knows what her beef was, but she was clearly not in a good mooed. And it was a high-steaks game she was playing – farmers and vets chasing the huffy heifer later admitted that they would have shot her if only they’d had a gun to hand.
One local woman said: ‘I have never seen anything like that in my life. I thought it was a bull but it goes to show that a cow can be just as dangerous. I honestly can’t believe it. The guards (police) were telling people to get out of the way but they tried to stop the cow and got knocked down. I can’t believe no one was killed.’
A posse of farmers eventually managed to herd the cheesed-off animal into a field beside the mart, where she eventually calmed down.
A stall owner at the mart said: ‘She ran wild around the place for a while and I can’t believe she didn’t destroy a few cars or vans. The cow would have been shot if anyone had a rifle. I heard someone screaming for a rifle or shotgun. They eventually got her into the field at the back but I tell you, it was hairy for a while. I heard someone roaring, “Get out of the way”, and I just jumped into my van.’
County Clare’s ISPCA welfare officer, Frankie Coote, who was also called to the scene, said: ‘This cow was rogue and was out of control. It was a serious situation – rogue animals like this can be extremely dangerous. Members of the public should never try to approach an agitated animal like this. People should consider their own safety first, take cover and raise the alarm.’
He added: ‘The vet was called in to put the animal down but he couldn’t get anywhere near her.’