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Residents outraged at rampant cattle in Sea Cows Bay

Cows seen headed towards a property in the Sea Cows Bay area. Photo:provided
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Residents of the Sea Cows Bay area have complained about the frustration and nuisance caused by cows running amok in their neighborhood which pose a great danger to children and the elderly and destroy property.

The residents expressed that the cows have been a nuisance for decades, wandering into yards and even houses destroying property in the process and scaring persons who were caught off guard at their presence. 

There seems to be no relief in sight as after numerous complaints to the authorities and owners of the animals alike about the danger and annoyance that the animals pose, no solutions have been forthcoming. 

One resident related to this news site yesterday September 1, 2012 that, “I have a fear… when I locked my house and I came back my house was open and it was open for quite a while…. more than four hours… [the cow] just burst open the door, stayed there and went [back] out; and my door was locked... I was so shocked.” 

“I am feeling scared because [the cows] can do it in the night,” she said. 

With frustration etched in her voice she complained that, “Every day my yard is full of [manure] and I have a young grandson who rides on the road and the cows are always charging them.” 

The owners she noted, were spoken to several times over the years about the situation and nothing had ever been done about it. “It affects me all the time…” she continued, “every time I have [manure] in my yard… when the children are riding their bikes [the cows] charge the children.” 

“I drive [everywhere] because I’m scared of the cows… in the night time you can’t rest because they keep butting at the house.” 

She offered that the nuisance is made worse by un-fenced houses in the area; this allows the cows uninhibited access to persons’ yards where they damage property, eat plants and enter homes freely as if they were invited guests, startling children and the elderly in the process. 

Another resident, who said she resided near the government cemetery area, protested about the damage caused to her jeep by the cows; she expressed that she had been complaining to authorities constantly and wasn’t being taken seriously. 

The resident said that she called as recently as two weeks before the Carnival season and no one had bothered to show up so far even though she was promised that someone would come to address the matter. 

“The supervisor [at the Agriculture Department] promised me he’d get somebody to come down here but I haven’t seen nobody since,” she related. 

She further stated that, “The cows drink the water [stored] in the drums… they come around looking for water all the time.” 

This news site contacted Chief Agricultural Officer (CAO) in the Agriculture Department, Mr Bevin Brathwaite yesterday during the afternoon about the issue and was told that he was not aware of the matter and preferred to be contacted during office hours to deal with any issues.

“To be frank," Brathwaite said, "I would think that when you call [at this time] on a matter that it would be a more pressing emergency.”


15 Responses to “Residents outraged at rampant cattle in Sea Cows Bay ”

  • civil servant (02/09/2012, 08:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow can’t believe Bevin..i taught dem say sr officers are on call! What ah ting!!
    • ann (02/09/2012, 10:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mr. Brathwaite out of order!
      • Hmmmm (02/09/2012, 22:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Mr. Braithwate ya right to tell them so, don't you think he have a life. Geeez these media houses would go to great lengths to get stories.
  • Anegada (02/09/2012, 09:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    yea these cows all over the place and Virgin Gorda and we in Angeda got it real bad
    • Moo Cow (02/09/2012, 14:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The cattle owners are all out of order! They are sickening and just do not care about people. The police needs to shoot the cows. Agriculture tries to collect the cows but are not always successful especially in a populated area like Sea Cows Bay. Sea Cows Bay and Long Trench = same cow story. Solution - shoot the cows, import beef and move on
      • _____________ (02/09/2012, 23:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        in the bvi It seems as if stray animals are more important than human beings
        • state side (13/09/2012, 01:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Can't believe the level of insensitivity some have exhibited regarding the danger and decrease in quality of life that your neighbors and families are experiencing. You would think that the residents of Sea Cow Bay would collectively put pressure on those in charge and responsible for regulation of live stock. Why not encourage the department and/or the owners of these cows to develop an economically viable livestock business for the benefit of themselves and the island, instead of shooting cows and importing yet another product that would, for many people, be expensive and for some prohibitive. In this day and time if we are to maintain that we are still AT THE TOP of the food chain, we need to embrace sustainable environments that promote and create balance, allowing human beings to live without fear comfortably among the other creatures of the earth. Tortola and the surrounding islands are paradises that can easily turn into cesspools if its inhabitants don't WAKE UP and EDUCATE themselves about the ecological concerns facing their awesomely beautiful land.

  • ... (02/09/2012, 10:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When you have Cow in your name you should not be outraged at Cows...............If you have a problem with them maybe you can send them the
  • lol (02/09/2012, 17:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    these cows are ndp's...we dont want them in sea cow's bay
  • well meh boy (02/09/2012, 20:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The cow dem born here lol
  • simple solution (03/09/2012, 08:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If it was my property they were trespassing on and i was tired of calling agriculture and the owners this is what would've happened: i was calling over the neighbours, putting the kids in the house to watch tv and we was rounding up them cows and having one hell of a barbecue. It's only so much patience you can have with the people that supposed to be tending to the cows. If they eating my lovely garden, it's only fair that i get recompensed with luscious beef.
  • BREAKING NEWS (03/09/2012, 10:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is them same COWS vote for Fraser...LOL
  • John (03/09/2012, 10:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All that free beef walking around the place, somebody need to butcher one of those cows and share it around is maybe then the cow owners will know that people is serious about these cows in their property

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