Legal notice served over sacred cow

PUBLISHED: 13:59 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 06 May 2010

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

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

Hare Krishna worshippers 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.

On Friday they attended the RSPCA's headquarters to serve them with legal papers with a view to suing them over Gangotri's killing.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Herts Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Herts Advertiser