Hindus take action against RSPCA over killing of cow

PUBLISHED: 12:32 28 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 06 May 2010

HINDUS at a local temple have today (Friday) started legal proceedings against the RSPCA following the mercy killing of a paralysed cow last year. Hare Krishna worshipers at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Letchmore Heath, near Radlett, wanted Gangotri the cow to

HINDUS at a local temple have today (Friday) started legal proceedings against the RSPCA following the mercy killing of a paralysed cow last year.

Hare Krishna worshipers at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Letchmore Heath, near Radlett, wanted Gangotri the cow to die naturally but RSPCA vets put her down in December because they believed she was in constant pain.

The temple claims the lethal injection was administered while worshippers prayed and that the police moved monks attending 13-year-old Gangotri who had been unable to walk for more than a year.

Cows are sacred to the Hindu faith and they perceive the killing as "illegal."

The Bhaktivedanta Manor Hindus have already campaigned outside Parliament, lobbied MPs and the Archbishop of Canterbury, and they claim recent statements of support have been received from shadow environment secretary Peter Ainsworth and Canon Guy Wilkinson.

Today they are due to attend the RSPCA's headquarters to serve them with legal papers with a view to suing them over Gangotri's killing.

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