What on earth is going on… this is a really shocking story from BBC Wales.
We are not in a position to comment much except we are very shocked.
However, I should point out many farmers work with horned cattle safely on a daily basis and shooting loose cattle is very, very dangerous as the likelihood of stray bullets and an unclean kill requiring several shots and much suffering from the animal as well as the onlookers is incredibly high.
Only once or twice in a long lifetime of livestock farming have I seen a loose animal shot out of total necessity because it was maddened and very distressed. And this was only after we had tried sedation and the vet first. It is totally different from destroying an animal which is contained and I feel it is a very irresponsible action to take.
One wonders what the risk assessment for this terrible action was?
Whatever the real problem was, and they may be more to it, we are all completely outraged and this was not the way to solve it.