Firefighting cows: A weapon against fires ravaging Spain
FIREFIGHTING cows could be Spain's latest weapon in its battle against forest fires.
Spanish authorities evacuated almost 1,000 people to protect them from a blaze which destroyed at least 21,000 hectares in the province of Ávila in August. The fire was man-made but conditions in the affected area and a major heatwave helped to fuel the flames.
Now the country's Interprofessional Organisation of Beef and Veal (Provacuno) is calling for cows to graze mountains and pastures in a bid to clear areas of flammable vegetation and avert another conflagration.
Javier López, director of the employers' association, told Spanish newspaper ABC: "At the same time, livestock allows great economic savings because hiring labour and machinery to carry out these same tasks mechanically would be unthinkable."