Euronews is no longer accessible on Internet Explorer. This browser is not updated by Microsoft and does not support the last technical evolutions. We encourage you to use another browser, such as Edge, Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Polish cows escape slaughterhouse after public outcry

Text size Aa Aa

WARSAW (Reuters) – A herd of free-roaming cows in Poland, whose intended slaughter upset animal-lovers and created a national outcry, have secured a last-minute reprieve.

Likened to sacred cows in India by their owners, the 180 cattle wandered fields in the western municipality of Deszczno for years. But Poland’s chief veterinary officer declared them a danger to health and safety earlier this month.

Animal rights activists said the order to kill them was an outrage, given more humane possible solutions.

“The cows from Deszczno will not be slaughtered. Instead they will be isolated in a state-run farm,” Poland’s Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski said on Wednesday, according to state news agency PAP, concluding a national mini-drama.

Even President Andrzej Duda had his say, urging a “happy solution” before news broke of the cows’ stay of execution. “I am certain they will find it, even though EU rules call for the killing of these animals. Poles can do it!” he tweeted.

(Reporting by Joanna Plucinska; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

euronews provides breaking news articles from reuters as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.