Controversy in the country: Two cows create beef between local farmers and an animal sanctuary in Niagara County


by: Sarah Minkewicz, WIVB (NY)

Jul 28, 2022


NEWFANE, N.Y. (WIVB) — There’s beef between Niagara County farmers and a local animal sanctuary.


Earlier this month, two cows found their way to Asha’s Farm Sanctuary on Coomer road in Newfane, according to owner Tracy Murphy.


Scott Gregson, who owns McKee Farms just down the road, said the cows are his, but the sanctuary does not want to give the cows back.


“How could anyone expect that we would hand over the animals when we feel we’re in our legal right, right now, to hang on to these animals?” Murphy told News 4. “And we’re a sanctuary. We don’t want to hand over these animals that are going to go into slaughter.”


The dispute is upsetting local farmers who are demanding Asha’s Farm Sanctuary release the beef.


“It should’ve been given back to the owner,” Nancy Fawcett, who owns a nearby farm said. “Other people have had cows or horses get loose and people make sure they get back where they belong and stuff, and why she kept them, beyond me. That just didn’t make any sense, that’s not what you do.”


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