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An NFU spokesperson told Sky News Online: "We're asking people to think twice and decide against releasing Chinese lanterns.
"They may look attractive but they often land on farmland, with potentially disastrous results."
The NFU also say that the risk of fire is an issue, especially with parts of the country in drought conditions.
Huw Rowland, 41, of The Grange Farm in Chester, is calling for the lanterns to be completely outlawed after one of his cows was killed 18 months ago.
"One of our prize cows was killed after having its throat cut by a Chinese lantern. The razor sharp wire in it slit the cows oesophagus and it suffocated over 48 hours. It was a pretty brutal way to go," he told Sky News Online.
Yeah, they should ban those things, should save us a lot of Youtube-threads.
Originally posted by jerryznv
reply to post by pazcat
A Chinese lantern is probably a more humane death than a cow receives at the local slaughter house. Maybe somebody should think about marketing Chinese lanterns to the beef producers....might be billions in it.
Double win for the animal rights activists...more humane process for killing the cattle, and if they don't like it, they can blame it on...well I am sure you can finish that!
Uhmmm...did you read the part where the farmer says it took the poor animal 48 hours to kick the bucket??