Chatting with Jane Egg just now on the phone, I heard that last weekend yet another walker was killed by a cow (well, this time a bull) when walking on a public footpath through a field.
A man of 63 was trampled to death, and his wife was critically injured. There was no mention in the Guardian’s article of any dog being present on this occasion. Farmers’ unions have once again warned walkers to be aware of the dangers posed by cattle.
As I’ve mentioned in the past (here, for instance), it seems to me that it’s long past time for farmers to start making fields through which public footpaths run safe for walkers. I’ve had several very frightening experiences, both before and since I started walking with Piglet. Now that courts are awarding damages to injured walkers I’m sure that the farmers’ insurance companies will be in the process of taking steps to ensure that farmers meet their legal responsibilities.
I wonder how many more walkers will be maimed or killed before the farming community wakes up to the need recognise this as being a problem that *they* need to address.