Margarita belongs to a breed used in bullfighting. She was spared as a baby cow since she wouldn’t have gained the desired weight to perform. Her owner gifted the cow to a farmer in Tortosa in northeast Spain where she’s been living undocumented since.
Margarita hasn’t been registered with the agriculture authorities which has no information on her veterinary treatment, a measure EU rules require to trace livestock and control infectious diseases.
READ MORE ON WWW.RT.COM: ‘Cow vigilantes’ kill two men over suspected animal theft in India
“There is a law in the European Economic Community that seeks to ensure that all unidentified cattle are killed, but Margarita has never or will never be used as livestock. She’s not to be exploited, but she’s a pet,” animal rights group Hogar ProVegan claims in its petition, which has been signed by more than 178,000 people.
The regional agriculture ministry ordered Margarita’s owner to send her to the …