Canadian police kill 15 cows to safeguard highway

October 2nd, 2008 - 11:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Ottawa, Oct 2 (Xinhua) Canadian police have shot dead 15 cows heading towards a major highway in central Canada, fearing the cattle could cause accidents and loss of lives, media reports said Thursday. The police in Ontario province were called numerous times for the same herd getting loose from a farm for almost two months and wandering near the busy Highway 401 at Grafton, near Toronto, the Ottawa Sun reported.

The officers were forced to kill some of the cows Wednesday as they were heading towards the eastbound lanes of the highway. The officers had tried in vain to direct the cows into a fenced area.

About a month ago, four cows from the herd were shot by the police for disrupting traffic on the highway.

The owner of the cattle, Dave Wright, said it was unfortunate the cattle had to be shot, but he acknowledged that the police had to do it because people’s lives were more important.

Wright said he moved the cattle to a friend’s property near Highway 401 and believed a bear kept scaring them. “The cattle were spooked and you could not get close to them,” he said.

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