Dead cows dumped in Creggan river

January 21, 2013

The carcasses of two cows found dumped in Creggan river recently has shocked and angered the local community and prompted Sinn Fein Councillor Terry Hearty to publicly condemn those responsible.

The dead animals were found along a stretch of the river popular with walkers in the Poet’s Glen.

Describing the perpetrators as “mindless individuals”, Councillor Hearty says they are beneath contempt and called on anyone with information on those responsible to contact the police or the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).

“The people responsible for this despicable act have no respect for this community or the environment. I would call on DARD to spare no expense in attempting to trace the owner as this type of activity will cost us a lot more in the long run if it goes unchecked.

“I would also call on DARD to make sure that the farmer responsible for this is never allowed to own livestock again,” Councillor Hearty said.

“People were disgusted to see these poor animals lying on the river bed,” he continued.  “The Poet’s Glen is a fantastic facility that is very popular with local people and we are lucky to have it on our doorstep.  We cannot allow it to be destroyed or misused by selfish and thoughtless people who have no respect for it, our environment or this community.  We can’t let these vandals poison our rivers and walkways.”

It has emerged that up to seven such incidents of dumping of dead livestock has occurred in the Slieve Gullion area in the last month.  With farmers being charged up to 100 Euro to have carcasses removed from their farm, some unscrupulous individuals dump them in public areas to avoid paying.  Subsequently the cost of removal of the dead animals is the responsibility of the Council.