Cattle Mutilations
Tuesday 3rd, August 2021
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On a farm in Castlebridge county Wexford, Ireland in June of 1994 one Saturday a farmer completed a count of his cattle at approximately 9pm and all tallied up, the next count of the cattle was at on the following Monday at around 10:30am which is when the farmer noticed that one of his cows were missing. The farmer went looking for the missing animal and it's reported that the animal was found with its head intact but nothing else left of the body except skin and bone.

This is just one example of the many reported cases on the Island of Ireland that line up with the phenomena of cattle mutilations.

Another case was reported in 2006 in county Down, Ireland where a cow was found deceased with organs having been removed in a way that looked surgical in nature.

There is one case that stands out as probably the best documented case to date in Ireland, it takes place in county Derry on a farm owned by Gerald Mc Laughlin, a case which has been reported to involve hundreds of sheep found deceased over a period of time.

It was reported by journalist Brendan Mc Daid that the Ulster Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) 'was not ruling out' the possibility of ritualistic animal killings.

By the time the Belfast Telegraph had picked up on the story the total number of animal that had perished was approximately 330. The USPCA and police (PSNI) both were unable to find a cause of these cattle mutilations after further investigation and examinations of some of the deceased animals.

In a twist of the case it was reported that on one occasion, 3 sheep had their tongue removed while still alive and had to be put down due to their injuries. These cases contradicted all the other incidents on the farm as the police reported that the tongues of all animals prior to these 3 had their tongues removed after death.

It was reported in the Derry Journal that the police conducted a survey of other farms in the area but didn't come across any similar cases as experienced by Ger Mc Laughlin. David Cayton made notes that suggested that police had in fact seen other similar cases at at least one other farm relating to lambs with similar marks and wounds.

After all that happened, of the three organisations involved, DARD, USPCA and PSNI the case remained unsolved.

Colette Connor, a DARD officer replied to state that from their perspective all animals they examined died of natural causes and that scavenger animals moved in to cause the marks and wounds seen on the deceased animals.

Stephen Philpott of USPCA is reported to have said that the matter 'remains unsolved' and that he was 'not at liberty' to discuss it further.

For the PSNI on behalf of inspector M. Winters it was reported that the PSNI had come to the conclusion that vermin were the 'most likely' cause of the animals injuries and it was also noted on the reply from the PSNI that similar cases where seen on at least one other farm which backed up the claims made by David Cayton.

There are many inconsistencies with the different reports from different organisations and the theory that scavenging animals caused the marks and wounds is harder to accept when some of the animals survived the injuries and went on to live past the traumatic incident the animal had gone through.
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