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Cows graze freely @ East End Police Station

-Residents highlight dangers of stray animals in Territory
"Irma is no excuse," remarked resident Neil Nicholson when directing Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) to a Facebook post where no less than ten cows were photographed recently in and around the compound of the East End Police Station. Photo: Joycelyn Rhymer/Facebook
The Facebook post seen here then sparked an ongoing conversation about the dangers of stray animals. Photo: Joycelyn Rhymer/Facebook
The Facebook post seen here then sparked an ongoing conversation about the dangers of stray animals. Photo: Joycelyn Rhymer/Facebook
EAST END, Tortola, VI - "Irma is no excuse," remarked resident Neil Nicholson when directing a Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) Reporter to a Facebook post where no less than ten cows were photographed recently in and around the compound of the East End Police Station.

Nicholson said that when seeing the post, he was reminded of a near-fatal accident he experienced less than a week ago.

"The persons who took the photos and put them on Facebook was sending a very serious message although some may take it humorously," he said. 

Strays post a threat – Nicholson 

The man related that recently as he was heading home, while in the Fat Hogs Bay area, about six cows ran into the road, "I wouldn’t lie, I was going about 35 miles per hour and a car ahead of me was going even faster and he had to hit hard on his breaks."

"Some of them cows ran in from the other car and the two more came straight into my path, I tell you I saw death. These owners need to take care of their cattle, Irma is no excuse because it was even worse before Irma,' the irate resident said.

The issue of cattle being a public nuisance is a conversation across the territory and persons have now been appealing to the Department of Agriculture to take immediate remedial action.

13 Responses to “Cows graze freely @ East End Police Station”

  • The Reaper (08/06/2019, 09:33) Like (25) Dislike (5) Reply
    They From Here. This is there county. I say So.
  • Wicked (08/06/2019, 09:35) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ain’t nobody talking about the inhumane treatment of them hungry cows in Maya Cove. Agriculture need to do something. That’s animal brutality.
  • qc (08/06/2019, 10:17) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
    Let’s eat the cows people are hungry
  • legal team (08/06/2019, 12:12) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    That tells me the cows have a better relationship with the police, than human beings with the police.

    Lets welcome the cows to enjoy the hospitality of the police.

    Certainly,the cows will not be charged for eating the grass.

  • Also Affected (08/06/2019, 13:20) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am also affected by this issue. Another set of cows roam the Long Trench/Cooten Bay Area. Residents have spent time and lots of money planting gardens and the cows in this area trample and eat down the gardens daily. Mr Evans the owner has been know to be a repeat offender for many years. Complains to the Agricultural Department fall in deaf ears and the Police claim there is nothing they can do. Even more vexing is that the owner of the Cows was awarded farmer of the year whilst his neighbors gardens were destroyed by his cows.
    Appealing to this new administration to put strict tagging laws in place where ALL livestock must be tagged and dogs chipped. We must also be serious about destroying stay animals. Enough is enough
    • 5th DISTRICT AFFECTED (08/06/2019, 14:47) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      These cows are set loose to come on person's property and damage their crop, filth and piss up the yard, break water pipes, at any hour of the day and night including being woken up after midnight.

    • police (08/06/2019, 18:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @also affected, that’s the reason why the cows are visiting the police, because we can do nothing about them. It’s a matter for the agriculture dept. cows that roams the streets without the owner in close proximity are considered stray animals and can be impounded by the Agricultural Dept.
  • long look (08/06/2019, 14:02) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    Our rep is in charge of agriculture and he has so many sheep and cows all over the road, Showande should be ashamed of himself ..He campaigned on addressing this matter and he is not doing anything about it ..
    • Jaigon (09/06/2019, 07:22) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ long look, your comment is irrelevant. Yes Hon. Wheatley is in charge of Agriculture but he have a department under his ministry who suppose to deal with such issues. You want the minister to take off his jacket and tie and come out on the road rounding up animals. Some of you guys just showing your personal hatred by your comments.
  • Local (08/06/2019, 14:49) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    I love the comment about the treatment of those starving cows at maya cove fat hogs bay, it’s in humane for a society of people who consider themselves God fearing to treat animals like that and no one cares, if the owner is incapable of taking care of his animals then the government needs to step in and force him to get rid of them, it’s happening right on the main road where locals and visitors alike witness our lack of compassion daily.
  • NezRez (08/06/2019, 15:32) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are leash laws for dogs, which people ignore, and there are laws for cows and sheep etc., but government won’t enforce them. These animal owners should be held accountable for the damage they are causing land owners. All it will take is the first person to sue them and others will follow. When the animals owners feel their pockets emptying, they will start following the rules then. Why does it have to come to this? Just lack of respect for your community who are suffering because of your animals.
  • lock up (11/06/2019, 22:34) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lock them up.

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