‘Her only crime is that she was caught’ – farmer attacks EU over plan to put down Penka the stray cow 

Hidden in the alpine meadows of the western Bulgarian highlands, the village of Kopilovtsi is about as far from Brussels as it is possible to get. 

But Ivan Haralampiev, who has spent most of his life and raised his family in this remote frontier village, says he has a blunt question for the EU’s leadership. 

“I’d like you to ask them, if they kill my cow are they going to give me a new one?” he said, addressing the European Commission via the Telegraph. 

“Look, she’s crying,” he said, changing the subject in front of Penka, the five-year-old bovine facing possible execution. “The stress has been terrible for both of us.”

The tale of Penka the cow, who was sentenced to death by over zealous border…

To continue reading this article

Start a 30-day free trial for unlimited access to Premium articles

  • Unlimited access to Premium articles 
  • Subscriber-only events and experiences
  • Cancel any time

Free for 30 days

then only £2 per week

Try Premium

Save 25% with an annual subscription

Just £75 per year


Save now

Register for free and access one Premium article per week


Only subscribers have unlimited access to Premium articles.Register for free to continue reading this article
RegisterOr unlock all Premium articles.
Free for 30 days, then just £1 per week
Start trial
Save 40% when you pay annually.
View all subscription options  |
Already have an account? Login


Print subscriber? Click here


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *