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Pregnant cow ‘sentenced to death’ for wandering over EU border

A pregnant cow has been sentenced to death after it wandered over the EU border from Bulgaria to Serbia, the Independent has reported.

Penka, due to give birth in about three weeks, walked away from her herd near the Bulgarian village of Kopilovtsi and crossed the border into Serbia, which is not a member of the EU.

The cow was returned to its owner, Ivan Haralampiev, and Serbian vets said it was in perfect health.

But Bulgarian officials said the bovine must be must be put down because of strict EU rules.

“It is not for us to decide,” a veterinary expert, Lyubomir Lyubomirov, told AFP. “We are only implementing rules that come from Brussels.”

John Flack, a Conservative MEP, has written to the prime minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borissov, and the president of the European Union, Antonio Tajani, to highlight Penka’s plight, the Daily Telegraph reports.

“Surely this is a case where pragmatism should prevail over a strict reading of the rules,” he said.

European Commission guidelines say cows must be presented at border checkpoints with documents verifying they are healthy.

It states: “The certification must accompany the animals en route to the EU and when they are presented for entry into the EU at an approved EU Border Inspection Post.”

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