Monks at a Hindu temple were today celebrating a temporary reprieve granted to a sacred bull on death row.
The Welsh Assembly Government had been expected to take steps to slaughter Shambo, of the Skanda Vale Temple in West Wales, next week after he tested positive for bovine tuberculosis.
But members of the small community in Llanpumsaint, who would consider the slaughter to be sacrilege, now hope the Welsh Assembly Government may have a change of heart and let the bull live.
Swami Suryananda, of the Skanda Vale Temple, said: “We are encouraged by the response of the authorities to defer their decision on the future of Shambo. To consider killing as a solution is not an option.
“We would hope the threat of slaughter could be removed so that we can establish constructive dialogue with the Assembly, to find a practical solution that upholds the highest values of the Hindu faith, but also meets the health and safety requirements.”
A Welsh Assembly Government spokeswoman said they were continuing to deal with the case in a “discreet and sensitive” way.