Dispute over flares between a farmer and an animal “sanctuary”

Despite a remote Wild West location, a New York town has gone a little western as an animal sanctuary is accused of playing “finders’ keepers” with two neighboring beef calf heads. In the alleged cattle rustling case, local farmers took to the streets shouting ‘Free the beef’, while animal rights organization Asha’s Farm Sanctuary demands proof of ownership and refuses to return the beef. cattle.

On July 16, in Newfane, New York, farmer Scott Gregson said that when he and his two children went out to feed, they saw that their ox and heifer were missing despite the fencing in place. and the doors closed.

According Union Sun & Newspaper, Tracy Murphy of Asha’s Farm Sanctuary, located less than a mile from Gregson’s property, reported the strays to the Niagara County SPCA the same day. In a video she posted, Murphy says, “We’re a sanctuary, we don’t want to deliver animals that are going to go to the slaughterhouse.”

Simply put: the sanctuary wants to keep the cattle. Scott Gregson says the cattle belong to his family.

This isn’t the first time youth farming has brought out the worst in animal rights activists. In fact, Asha’s Farm Sanctuary has now begun fundraising for “Willow,” one of the sanctuary’s newly named calves that Gregson says are hers. Asha says Willow got sick and needs to be transported for veterinary care.

On July 24, the sanctuary also posted on its Facebook that it had received $40,000 of the $50,000 it needed to keep the doors open after medical bills incurred from March to May.

Murphy claims she captured the cattle in one of her videos because: “I was worried about them, I didn’t want them running around in the woods, going wild, getting shot, getting hurt, die. So, using my knowledge that I have acquired over many years, I was able to bring them into the confines of fencing. To get them to safety.

After an SPCA investigator told Gregson that his cattle were at a local animal shelter, KIRO7 news reported that Gregson spoke with Murphy, who told him he had to show proof of ownership. Three days later, Gregson visited the sanctuary with state troopers and family members to request the return of his livestock.

Some of the video footage can be seen here:

Spectrum News reported that two former sanctuary workers said there was at least one identifying ear tag in the ear of a missing calf. Murphy, however, claims there were never any ear tags.

In a photo from Asha’s shrine, you can see what appears to be a tag hole in the black heifer’s left ear.

Ed Petitt Sr., a neighbor of Gregson, posted on Facebook, “These are the steers that ASHA is trying to steal from my neighbor. They are beautiful, healthy, well-bred, not because of the few days she fed them while hiding them, but because of the excellent care given to them by the farmer who raised them to this point. It takes time, money, hard work and care to raise animals that look like this. And now she’s trying to keep them.

“I’m more than willing to work with the alleged owner, if they show ID. We always want to work with people, that’s what we’ve always wanted – that’s how we established such a wonderful sanctuary,” Murphy said in a video she posted to Facebook. A devout vegan, Murphy says, “I hope the law prevails…and I hope these animals don’t have to be put down.

In addition to advocating for livestock welfare, Murphy is demanding board and damages for every animal she houses — the demand is $100 a day in board, that is, despite a cost feed which is probably closer to $5 a day according to Murphy. description of $14 per bale of straw fed to cattle.

New York Law, Chapter 62, Section 18, Section 311 states, “§ 311. Notice of Lien to City Clerk. If such beasts are not redeemed within five days after coming upon such lands, the person entitled to such privilege shall deliver to the clerk of the town, in which such lands or part thereof shall be, written notice executed by him, containing his residence, and a description of the beasts so wandered or come upon his lands, as near as possible, and that he claims a lien on such beasts for such damages, charges, fees and costs. The town clerk shall record the notice in a book which he shall keep for that purpose, for which he shall receive ten cents for each beast, to be paid by the person giving the notice. These books should always be kept open for inspection, and no fee should be levied by the clerk for this purpose. »

Both sides turned to legal representation to fight over the two heads of cattle. And while they don’t belong in Asha’s Farm Sanctuary, activists aren’t ready to give them up without a fight.

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