So, today is the day that Shambo the sacred bullock will finally be put down, although the monks at Skanda Vale temple, Carmarthenshire, aren't going to let him go down without a fight.
There've been enough cow/bull puns and gags cracked in the media over this to last us a lifetime, so I won't go down that path. Behind all this there is an interesting question of religious freedom, and it'd be good to hear what this blog's readers have to say about it. I guess it comes down to whether or not the bull actually poses a threat to any surrounding farms. If it's going to cause a TB outbreak then the religious angle is irrelevant - put it down. However if, as the community at Skanda Vale claim, Shambo isn't endangering Welsh agriculture then surely the authorities could have spared us this saga and just let it live? Shambo is clearly of great significance to his devotees, so if there is no risk of wider infection why can't the authorities just respect the community's wishes and spare him?
Then again, can we really have one rule for the average farmer in his field, and another for multi-faith communities in rural Wales?
What do people think?
[27 July update: following an operation involving 30 police officers, Shambo was removed from Skanda Vale and slaughtered. This whole saga must have cost us all quite a lot of money...]