Don’t Kill Pregnant Cow For Crossing International Border

Target: Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament

Goal: Don’t execute a pregnant cow for leaving Bulgaria and wandering into neighboring Serbia.

A red cow belonging to a Bulgarian farmer was ‘sentenced’ to death after she left her herd and wandered into non-European Union (EU) territory in Serbia. The cow, named Penka, is said to be in perfect health, but according to EU officials she must be euthanized due to strict livestock regulations. Murdering this cow, and her unborn offspring, is barbaric and entirely unjust. Demand that this innocent cow’s life be spared.

“It is not for us to decide,” said veterinary expert Lyubomir Lyubomirov. “We are only implementing the rules from Brussels.” Because both Serbian and Bulgarian vets agree that the cow is healthy and poses no agricultural risk, this strict interpretation of the rules is both cruel and unnecessary. Unfortunately, unless the European Commission intervenes to spare Penka’s life, it is likely that she will be executed simply because of the absurd fact she was unable to present documentation during her accidental border crossing.

A cow cannot be expected to carry and present identification, or have any awareness of international boundaries, and should not be penalized for violating these rules. Sign this petition and urge the European Parliament to spare Penka’s life.


Dear President Tajani,

We urge you to compassionately intervene and stop the senseless killing of Penka, a pregnant cow from Bulgaria who recently crossed into Serbia by mistake. While we understand the need for livestock regulations to control the spread of contagious diseases across international borders, veterinarians have confirmed that Penka is healthy and that she poses no threat. We demand that you listen to the many concerned and outraged voices that have been raised worldwide on this innocent animal’s behalf.

Cows frequently stray from their herds and cannot be expected to have any awareness of international borders or regulations. Furthermore, a cow cannot be held accountable for not being able to present her own documentation or identification. For these obvious reasons, we ask that you ensure that Penka and her unborn calf be spared and that they be allowed to remain with her owner in Bulgaria.


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Photo Credit: Tsvetelina Kostova

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  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    For God’s sake – we DON’T KILL ANIMAL ABUSERS, oftentimes for the most horrific acts of abuse, but we WILL KILL a pregnant cow (because she didn’t know her geographic boundaries – absurd) and other innocent animals FOR NO REASON AT ALL! What the hell is wrong with this world, that we think in such twisted ways??? We appear to be working very hard at our own demise!!! Come on people – we don’t kill an innocent cow for wandering off its own territory!! STOP THE IDIOCY!!!

  2. Give me a break! What idiots thought of this law. Give the cow back to its owner and let her and let her baby live! The cow is perfectly healthy according to the vet that examined her. So, what is the problem? I cannot believe that it seems that all governments have the same idea when it comes to animals, COLD-BLOODED MURDER. What happened to compassion?

  3. Derinda Nilsson says:

    There acting as if the poor cow can read or something, how is it suppose to know were its going. PLEASE do something to help this poor cow to a safe place to have her baby.

  4. This must be on of the most ridiculous or one of the most stupid things! Killing a cow from crossing the line? Where is the idiot owner of the cow? He should be watching her and protecting her! Don’t make the cow suffer for the stupid law!

  5. Gabriela Torres says:

    Barbaric and ignorant ‘murderers’, this is just incredible! We are in the 21st Century …

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