New Slaughter Call After Shambo

SKANDA VALE - The slaughter has been demanded of any other animals which test positive for TB at the temple that housed the "sacred" bullock Shambo.
calendar icon 20 August 2007
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Shambo tested positive in April for exposure to bovine TB

Tory Rural Affairs spokesman Brynle Williams is demanding the immediate slaughter of other animals affected.

The assembly government said test results are due soon and that it will move "swiftly" if necessary.

The fate of Shambo became the focus of worldwide attention for months when it tested positive for bovine TB in April.

It culminated on 26 July when supporters from around the UK and overseas joined a religious ceremony as officials, backed by police, took the bullock away to be put down.

Tests after the slaughter showed that the bullock had lesions typical of TB. Officials then took samples from more animals at Skanda Vale, at Llanpumsaint.

Monks said a Jersey bullock and a water buffalo which had tested inconclusive before Shambo's slaughter were now categorised as "reactors" in the wake of the bullock's positive test.

The results of the tests will be given to the monks in the next few days.

Source: BBCnews
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