James Cleverly MP, the UK’s Home Secretary, has called for a “full, urgent explanation” of the incident where a young cow was injured on 14th June in Staines-upon-Thames, England, after a police car deliberately ran her over twice — so her attempt to escape a short life of misery in a farm could be ended. A video of the police attack has been circulating on social media, and it shows the escaped cow being hit once, trying to stand up and flee, and being hit a second time with her head becoming trapped under the vehicle. 

James Cleverly said in a post on X: “I can think of no reasonable need for this action. I’ve asked for a full, urgent explanation for this. It appears to be unnecessarily heavy-handed.”  Surrey Police has issued a statement on the matter, saying, “Officers… over a period of a number of hours, tried a number of options to safely capture the cow…Unfortunately, these were unsuccessful, and the decision was made to stop it using a police car.” Surrey Police said an officer involved in the incident has been removed from public-facing duties pending an investigation.

Vegan conservationist Chris Packham posted on X: “I don’t know where to start with this. But it’s surely illegal and must be investigated and prosecuted. What sort of monster rams a calf? Twice?”

Before being taken back to the farm from which she escaped, the young cow was moved to a nearby farm. It appears that she suffered a cut but no broken bones. Sky News reported that the farmer had not named her yet, which is a reminder of why cows such as this one escape from farms and slaughterhouses: they do not want to be treated as objects and be killed at a young age after a short life of exploitation.  

Ironically, after recently being exposed for supporting the keeping of cows and other animals in horrible conditions in farms that perpetuate this desire to escape and be free, the RSPCA has released a statement on the “upsetting and distressing footage” saying that “all animals should be treated with respect.The Retreat Animal Sanctuary has offered to rehome the 10-month-old cow and name her Beau Lucy, but the legal “owner” may prefer to kill her at some point next year — making her attempt to escape the animal agriculture industry an unfortunate failure.

Your help is urgently needed to guarantee Beau a life of safety and happiness. Sign the petition to send Beau the calf to a sanctuary: https://bit.ly/3zgUYt8

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.