It’s moo-der! Duda steps in to save ‘wild cows’ from slaughter
President Duda has intervened to help save a heard of homeless cattle threatened with a trip to the abattoir after wandering free for years.
The fate of the 185 animals, which have no fixed abode after being abandoned by their owner near the western town of Deszczno, has become something of a cause celebre in Poland with animal activists camping out to protect the bovines.
But their destructive practices, which include grazing on any field they can find, have won them few friends amongst the locals, and earlier this month the regional veterinary office moved to have the animals sent to slaughter, mainly on the grounds that as their health was not monitored they risked infecting domestic cattle with diseases.
An outbreak of disease could threaten the whole of the region’s cattle industry and have a damaging effect on the economic viability of farms. The decision by the regional office was backed by the Chief Veterinary Surgeon, and the agriculture ministry committed PLN 350,000 to cover the costs of the cows’ destruction.
Despite this President Andrzej Duda has now come to the cows’ aid taking to twitter to say that he had been assured that the agriculture ministry and the chief veterinary office were “looking for a happy solution”.
“I’m sure we will find a way to help them even though under EU rules they have to be killed,” he tweeted. “But we Poles can find a way. We keep our fingers crossed for the heard from Deszczno.”
Even Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the governing Law and Justice party and a noted animal lover, has apparently got involved in the case, according to the Onet new portal, by twice writing to the agriculture ministry on the cows’ behalf.
At the moment animal rescue groups are trying to find new homes for the cows, and argue that the cows pose no threat to anything and therefore deserve to live.
“This is madness,” one of the activists camped out by the cows told the TVN24 news network. “The cows are not dangerous.”