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    Human chain to save 'sacred' bull from cull

    May 9 2007

    icWales


    HINDUS from around Britain are threatening to form a human chain to prevent the slaughter of a bull they regard as sacred after it tested positive for bovine tuberculosis, it was revealed today.

    The bull, called Shambo, which is kept by the Skandavale Temple in Llanpumsaint, Carmarthen, south west Wales, has been issued with a slaughter notice after a routine bovine TB test.

    The Hindu Forum of Britain has called on Environment Secretary David Miliband to prevent the slaughter and said if necessary it will form a human chain around the temple to prevent the killing.

    The bull, which Hindu chiefs said is in a “very healthy” condition, has been put in isolation in a specially-constructed shrine within the main temple since it tested positive.

    The temple has promised to keep the animal, which will never enter the food chain, in isolation for the rest of its life but requests for a reprieve have been rejected.

    It was argued that the Welsh Assembly could under legal provisions give the bull a reprieve by ordering its treatment and vaccination instead of slaughter.

    Ramesh Kallidai, HFB secretary-general, said killing a sacred temple cow or bull was considered to be “highly sacrilegious” and unacceptable to Hindus.

    He said: “To have a sacred bull from the temple slaughtered is completely unthinkable for us and is a matter of grave concern.

    “It strikes at the very core of our beliefs.

    “It is very important that sometimes governments understand that if there is a way out of the situation, they should really look at that seriously and not just turn down requests.”

    He added: “Shambo is in a very healthy condition. If TB does develop in him, given appropriate care he can be expected to make a full recovery.

    “As a responsible organisation, the temple has sought professional veterinary advice to ensure that robust measures are taken to isolate Shambo and minimise the spread of disease.

    “Killing Shambo will violate our faith tradition and desecrate our temple. It goes against all accepted norms of our faith.”

    Swami Suryananda, of the Skandavale Temple, added: “We understand and appreciate the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ position with regards to public health and containing the spread of bovine TB.

    “We have been advised that there is provision both within the Animal Health Act 1981 and the more recent TB Order Wales 2006 for permission to treat and vaccinate any animal identified as having TB with the prior consent of the minister for the national Assembly of Wales.”

    Skandavale Temple, known as the Community of the Many Names of God, is a multi-faith monastic centre in Wales with a 115-acre site and three Hindu shrines, attracting more than 90,000 pilgrims every year.

    A Defra spokeswoman said the issue was the responsibility of the Welsh Assembly.

    “In this particular case, it is a devolved issue,” she said.

    A spokeswoman for the Welsh Assembly said: “TB in cattle is an infectious disease that has a significant impact on the health and welfare of the national cattle herd in Wales.

    “It is a disease that is transmissible to humans and other mammals, which means it has serious implications beyond the health of cattle.

    “Wales, in common with many other countries, implements a control policy, based on testing and the slaughter of animals believed to be infected, in order to protect both human and animal health.

    “We fully understand that this can be distressing for the owners, but these measures are in place to protect public health and animal health and prevent the further spread of the disease.

    “An animal kept by the Community of the Many Names of God has tested positive, and the case is being dealt with in the usual way.

    “Every effort will be made to deal with this case as sensitively as possible.”
    Throw them to the lions - WC2 5.4

    #2
    Originally posted by wc2
    “Killing Shambo will violate our faith tradition and desecrate our temple.
    Is that supposed to be a reason for us not to kill the cow.

    As I've said before religion should be outlawed.

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      #3
      Somehow, I cannot see the same request for termination being carried out if the Bull was a sacred animal to Muslims. They'd be bombings before bedtime.

      However, Hindus are a traditionally peaceful lot (99% of the time), so they're fair game.
      Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

      C.S. Lewis

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