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Penka the cow is in excellent health, two months after she was  saved from euthanasia

Penka the cow is in excellent health, two months after she was saved from euthanasia

15 August 2018 | 14:16 | FOCUS News Agency
Kyustendil. Penka the cow is in excellent health, two months after the government decided not to euthanise her, Penka's owner Ivan Haralampiev told Focus News Agency. He said the cow is now at home, in the village of Mazarachevo, and is in very good condition. She eats well and goes out to graze regularly. “The animal enjoys its freedom,” he said. Penka is still in the public and media spotlight, the owner said. “I’m still receiving calls from Bulgarian radios and televisions, they called me from Germany also, asking about her state,” he said. Haralampiev thanked all media for paying attention and being involved in the case, thus helping to save the cow.

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Ognian Zlatev, EC Representation in Bulgaria: Penka the cow has shown that EU rules are designed to serve people

Ognian Zlatev, EC Representation in Bulgaria: Penka the cow has shown that EU rules are designed to serve people

19 June 2018 | 12:56 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Penka the cow has shown that EU rules are designed to serve people, Head of EC Representation in Bulgaria Ognian Zlatev said during Citizens' Dialogue “How to communicate Europe better?” Focus News Agency reports.
“There are several viewpoints in relation to Penka the cow – most importantly, solving the case the EU has shown that, on the one hand, there are rules that are fixed and accepted, but on the other hand, they are not written in stone and are made to serve people. The rules are created to protect the interests of the majority, but there is always a human side to the story, I am very pleased with the outcome,” Zlatev said, adding that in this case the EU managed to meet the needs of an individual citizen and to protect the public interest. “Two years ago, when there were outbreaks of contagious animal diseases, Bulgaria was the only country in the region - extremely susceptible to animal issues - that managed to tackle the situation. This is how we show that we can protect EU borders, and not just from migrants,” Zlatev said.

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Four Paws Foundation: Penka the cow has become a symbol of bureaucratic absurdity

Four Paws Foundation: Penka the cow has become a symbol of bureaucratic absurdity

12 June 2018 | 13:19 | FOCUS News Agency
Pazardzhik. The case with Penka the cow shows how bureaucracy in its desire to abide by the law is capable of sacrificing the life of a totally healthy animal, with perfect documentation, Yavor Gechev of the Four Paws Foundation told Focus Radio – Pazardzhik.
If someone could ever teach an animal what a state border is, then the position of the institutions might be adequate. “Until then, the owner should receive an appropriate administrative sanction in the form of a fine, but talking about slaughtering the animal is insanity,” said Gechev. According to him, Penka has become a symbol of bureaucratic absurdity, “Penka became a political issue with the massive support she gained through the online petition to save her.”

Focus recalls: At the beginning of June, Penka the cow became a media star after major European media outlets reported the story of the animal threatened with execution after straying outside the EU into non-member Serbia. The Bulgarian sanitary authorities ordered the cow to be put down, as it violated EU rules.
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