Cow on back of lorry; animals should be secured, accompanied by handler: AVA
Published on Jan 23, 2014 4:11 PM
The year of the horse may be round the corner but it is a video of a cow and a calf being ferried on the back of a lorry in Singapore that has caught the attention of netizens.
In a video posted on Jan 19 by Facebook user Eunice Lim, the animals were seen transported on a lorry with an open back along an expressway in Singapore. Both the cow and calf did not seem to be secured onto the vehicle. The video has been shared close to 900 times.
Viewers who posted comments about the video were concerned if this was legal and questioned what would happen if the animals leapt off the moving vehicle. Others drew parallels to a scene from the movie The Hangover Part III, where one of the movie characters transported a giraffe in the backseat of his convertible.
Responding to queries from The Straits Times, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore said while there are no specific regulations governing the transport of cattle, animals should be transported safely and comfortably. "Usually the cattle is secured by a short tether to the vehicle and accompanied by a handler," an AVA spokesman said. The AVA added that it will speak with the farm about this incident and "advise them accordingly".