Friday, 22 January 2010

Baal and the wild Bull, impregnator of the herd for good stock

Baal the bull.
The wise and the fools.

It is this irritability, this overwhelming urge to charge the aggravating image that appears before – rather than run away – that is the unique characteristic of the Spanish fighting bull over other animals. Other cattle have been bred to be easy to manage – for milk or meat – and the fight has been taken out of them. Having said that, one must realise how dangerous a regular cow can be. A cursory glance at the archives for The Times for the past decade brings these four examples from Britain etc:

1904 farmer saved from bull by wife with pitchfork.

1911 bulls kills two, farmer and hired hand. 'such a mild beast'.

Bull head-butts and kills retired farmer. climed in with cows.

dec 1993

Angry bull kills water board man

A WATER board official was gored to death yesterday by a bull that broke through a fence. Wilson Cowan, 56, was sampling water from a mains in a street in Pettinain, Strathclyde, when an Ayrshire bull in a nearby field grew agitated and began to bellow.

The animal charged through the wire fence and pinned him against his van. It gored him in the head and body, and tossed him into the middle of the lane. Road builders working near by tried to distract the bull by throwing stones but by the time they reached Mr Cowan, an official with the West of Scotland Water Board, he was dead.

9 June 1998

Cow kills man

A 74-year-old man from England died after being gored by a Highland cow near Plockton, Highland. The man, thought to have been with family at a holiday home, had apparently been walking on a path and come across the cow and its calf.

29 August 2003

Bull kills farmer

A farmer was gored to death by a bull as he rounded up his cows for milking. William Pennington, 68, had farmed the land in Dunham Massey near Altrincham, Cheshire, all his working life. It is understood that there was a delay before paramedics could reach him because the bull was standing over him.

8 July 2005

Bull kills Farmer in uk-wales.

Father-of-two Peter Deathe, 54, was fatally injured by his 450kg Limousin on his farm near Usk, Monmouthshire.

His herd had earlier undergone tests by a vet from a practice where Bob Stevenson is a former senior partner.

Mr Stevenson said: "It's a reminder that we just can't take these animals for granted in any way."

The paramedics who took Mr Deathe to hospital described how they had to find a way past the angry bull to treat the farmer.

One said the bull was "openly aggressive and clearly saw us as a threat".

The incident was rare, Mr Stevenson said, but attacks of this kind still happened too frequently, and farmers needed to be on their guard.

"Bulls are just so unreliable," said the vet

Dec 2005

Bull kills Farmer UK

A farmer died after being trampled by a bullock that he had just bought at a livestock market. Raymond Burrough, 72, was attacked at Gateshayes Farm, Whimple, East Devon and died 11 days later. Mr Burrough was the Master of the East Devon Hunt and a leading member of the National Farmers’ Union.

1 January 2007

Bull kills Farmer, survives shot in head, Nederlands

"A farmer has died after being attacked by a bull on his farm in the village of Loenersloot, midway between Amsterdam and Utrecht, Nos tv reports.

Police managed to shoot the animal in the head but it survived the bullet, Nos says.

It is not clear what will now happen to the bull which appeared to go mad for no reason, Nos says."

july 2009

Horney Bulls kills prude-famer croatia.

A horny bull gored a farmer to death trying to get past him to a field of cows. Police in Virje, Croatia, say the randy beast saw red when 77-year-old Goran Zivkovic slammed the gate shut, stopping him from reaching his harem.

november 2009

It is for this reason that:

“Section 59 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 bans bulls of recognised dairy breeds (eg. Ayrshire, Friesian, Holstein, Dairy Shorthorn, Guernsey, Jersey and Kerry) in all circumstances from being at large in fields crossed by public rights of way. Bulls of all other breeds are also banned from such fields unless accompanied by cows or heifers, but there are no specific prohibitions on other cattle.”

from the British Health & Safety Executive (HSE) wesbite

Despite the enforcement of this legislation:

“In 2006/07 injuries from animals caused more deaths than any other category. Eleven people were killed by animals, five more than in the previous year (2005/06). Three involved bulls, seven cows or other cattle and one a horse. All the victims sustained trauma injuries consistent with them having been attacked, trampled to death or gored and trodden on by an individual animal or a herd of cattle.”

HSE report, ‘Fatal injuries in farming, forestry, horticulture and associated industries’

In the US, where animal handling techniques are as advanced and safety conscious as anywhere in the world, the authors of one study found that from 1992-1997:

“Cattle were responsible for 142 deaths [more than any other animal]… Most deaths from cattle were from attacks or mauling from the animal, especially bulls.”

‘Occupational fatalities due to animal-related events,’ Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, 12:3"

at least the bulls made sence.

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