Army marksmen 'gunned down' farm cattle described as 'wild and dangerous'
'I ran out and tried to save them' - says farmer (Warning: Graphic footage)
Published 06/07/2016 | 17:38
BANKRUPTCY officials said the decision to shoot dead five cattle on a Co Monaghan farm was “reluctantly” taken to prevent the spread of TB in local livestock and for public safety.
Images have emerged from the farm that show army marksmen in the fields and heifers lying shot dead on the grassland, with blood seeping out of wounds.
Chris Lehane, the bankruptcy official assignee, moved to stress all other possibilities were “exhausted” before the cull was carried out with the co-operation of gardai and the Defence Forces.
“I have a duty to recover value from assets of bankruptcy estates and it is clearly not in my interests to kill cattle, nor would I do it, without firstly having exhausted every other possible avenue open to me to resolve the problem,” he said.
Mr Lehane said the farm has been visited over several weeks with extensive TB testing carried out with the Department of Agriculture.
“The results of those tests proved positive in the herd, greatly restricting what I could do with the animals,” he said.
However, the Co Monaghan farmer, who is involved in a bankruptcy case, has stated he was not informed that the cattle had TB.
Mr Hoey said that three of the heifers were “gunned down” outside his home after they ran towards the farm house while being shot at.