Feltham runaway cow: Animal rights group launch petition to send cow rammed by police car to sanctuary

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More than 20,000 people have signed a petition for a runaway cow who was punted down the road by a police car in controversial footage to be sent to a sanctuary.

A police officer has been removed from frontline duty and the home secretary has demanded an “urgent explanation”, after footage emerged of officers ramming a runaway cow with a police car in Feltham, West London, on Friday night. Video showed the small black cow being struck by the car and thrown metres down a residential street, before she was hit again, with the front half of her body seeming to become trapped beneath the vehicle.

Surrey Police say the cow had been loose on main roads, and they had received reports she had damaged a car and was running at members of the public. The 10-month-old calf, named Beau Lucy, has since been returned to her farmer owner, who said she was “limping” but doing well otherwise, and was being monitored by vets.

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But activists from Animal Rising want Beau Lucy to be sent to a sanctuary, and say they have secured her a spot. The group’s petition to have her rehomed has now garnered more than 22,500 signatures.

A still from a video uploaded by X account UB1UB2 West London (Southall) of a cow being rammed by a police car in FelthamA still from a video uploaded by X account UB1UB2 West London (Southall) of a cow being rammed by a police car in Feltham
A still from a video uploaded by X account UB1UB2 West London (Southall) of a cow being rammed by a police car in Feltham

Co-director Ben Newman said in a statement: “The outpouring of public support for Beau after the country saw her horrific treatment by the police this past weekend is a clear sign of who we are as a nation. Thousands of people have called for her to be safely rehomed at the sanctuary space we’ve organised, and we’d love to see Kate and Rob - the farmers with her now - make that happen.”

Beau Lucy deserved a “happy ending” to her whirlwind journey, he continued, something he did not believe would happen if she remained on a farm. “Most farmed cows only live to around five years old if they’re lucky, but in a sanctuary, Beau could live into her twenties. The British public wants to see this happen, and we’re willing to work with everyone involved to ensure it does.”

Footage of the incident exploded on social media over the weekend, attracting outraged comments from many who felt the force used against the calf was excessive. Their sentiments were echoed by members of the public who witnessed it in person, who could be heard shouting “what are you doing that for?” in the video.

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Surrey Police Deputy Chief Constable Nev Kemp added: “I fully appreciate the distress our handling of this incident has caused and will ensure that it is thoroughly and diligently investigated. In addition to an internal referral to our Professional Standards Department, we have also referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) for independent consideration.

“As well as our overriding duty to protect the public, the welfare of animals is important to us and we know people want answers about how this happened and what led up to it,” he continued. “I am committed to ensuring that we have a full understanding of what took place and why, and we will fully support any investigation. I have also briefed the Home Office on what action we are taking and we are liaising with several animal charities that have been in touch with us about this incident.

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