Killing of cat­tle by po­lice was an act of sab­o­tage

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - LETTERS -

I am dis­mayed and per­plexed by the killing of cat­tle by the po­lice in Laikipia last week. We have seen de­press­ing pho­tos of car­cases ly­ing on the Laikipia plains. What puz­zles me more is the con­fes­sion by the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, that the po­lice killed the cows be­cause the herders, whom he called ban­dits, were hid­ing among the cows. How is that pos­si­ble? That you can shoot cows in their hun­dreds be­cause there were peo­ple hid­ing within the herd? This act is not only cru­elty to an­i­mals but also an act of eco­nomic sab­o­tage. Cows are meant to ben­e­fit the farmer. What mes­sage is the gov­ern­ment con­vey­ing to the in­no­cent herders?


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