30 runaway cows killed by UK marksmen in front of horrified kids
Posted: March 15th, 2011 - 7:09am by Doug Powell
It was a scene straight out of Amy’s favorite movie, Napolean Dynamite, times 30.
The Daily Mirror reports a herd of runaway were massacred in a field after being put down by vets – in front of horrified children.
The 30 cattle were rounded up by police and residents after being spotted wandering in local gardens in the early hours.
After public health and animal welfare experts inspected them, council officials ordered them to be shot dead.
Police say they were killed on “welfare grounds” – but the exact reasons remained unknown last night. However, some villagers were furious they were slaughtered in broad daylight – in full view of playing kids, who fled in tears.
And staff at a hospital overlooking the field shut curtains to stop patients seeing the cull in Chirk, near Wrexham, North Wales. One resident said: “Some of my friends who live on the estate near the field where the cows were shot were quite upset afterwards. Some have young children who were out playing at the time and they found it very distressing.”
A police spokesman said: “All the animals had to be humanely slaughtered that evening. There were discussions between the council, Welsh Assembly and the animal welfare agency and it was decided the animals would have to be put down on welfare grounds. .”
The animals’ carcasses were taken away in two lorries the next morning to be incinerated.