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Religion and Animal Welfare clash again


Another eport from the BBC about a cow that has tested positive for TB on a small farm run by a Hindu community in Wales. Under animal health regulations animals which test positive for TB must be destroyed to prevent the spread of the disease.
clipped from news.bbc.co.uk

Slaughter fight for ‘sacred’ bull

Shambo the bull
Hindus have launched a last minute appeal to prevent the slaughter of a sacred bull which has tested positive for tuberculosis.


The bull, Shambo, lives in a shrine in Llanpumsaint, Carmarthenshire.


Officials at the Skanda Vale Temple and the Hindu Forum of Britain, say the killing of cows and bulls is against their religious principles.


But the Welsh assembly government said infected animals were slaughtered to “protect both human and animal health”.


Shambo tested positive in routine bovine TB screening and was placed in isolation.


Agriculture officials intend to start discussing whether to slaughter the six-year-old British Friesian on 14 May, but the temple is mounting a legal challenge and has begun an online petition to save Shambo.

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