Users of Muchavista beach, in the town of El Campello, Alicante, have found the body of a cow weighing approximately 600 kilos on the shore this Friday. The remains of the animal, in an advanced state of decomposition, had been washed ashore by the current after apparently being thrown into the sea from an animal transport boat.
The lifeless body of the animal was located near Rincón de la Zofra after being spotted from the shore by beach users. Four workers from the municipal cleaning service went to the scene and, with the help of a mechanical shovel and a crane truck, towed the animal and removed it from the sand, according to a statement from El Campello Town Council.
One of the cleaning service operators regretted that “it is nothing new” that cattle appear on the coasts of the town, which are thrown into the sea, apparently from some boats responsible for the maritime transport of animals, after the death of a specimen.
Specifically, the carcass of the cow found in the Rincón de la Zofra had a rope tied to one of its legs, a detail “indicative of the fact that this “inappropriate practice” could have been used to dispose of the animal.