Parties Demand Shambo's Slaughter

WALES - All three Welsh assembly opposition parties have called for the slaughter of a "sacred" bullock which has tested positive for bovine TB.
calendar icon 8 June 2007
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Shambo tested positive for bovine TB in late April

The Conservatives, Lib Dems and Plaid have called for Shambo, who lives at the Skanda Vale multi-faith temple in Carmarthenshire, to be put down.

An order to slaughter Shambo was made early in May, shortly after he tested positive for TB in routine screening.

Monks at the temple and supporters have waged a campaign to keep Shambo alive.

Monks at Skanda Vale, at Llanpumsaint, have said killing Shambo would violate their religious principles and have mounted a campaign to save the animal.

An online petition has so far attracted 15,000 names and a video stream has broadcast live from Shambo's pen in the temple.

Shambo's keepers have claimed he is not proven to be a carrier of TB and said that even if it did develop "he can be expected to make a full recovery given appropriate care".

Source: BBCnews

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