A man has sparked fury after taping himself freeing a herd of cows from their shed into a country lane.
After opening the gate to free them, Sam Walker says to the camera ‘I didn’t like the conditions these cows were living in so I’ve had to set them all free – a little bit of exercise for them.’
He later added: ‘If an animal is going to be killed for food then it should at least have a good quality of life before its sent to slaughter!’
A freaked man and woman run to herd the cows and as they do they criticise Walker for his action and tell him to get off the private property. He refuses.
Walker, from Liverpool, has been condemned for endangering the animals.
The dairy cows were being kept in the cow shed to protect them from the harsh winter and to stop them turning their fields into mud.
If they had not been caught quickly, they would also have suffered serious pain because they need milking twice a day. He also put them at risk of being hit by a car.
Walker has recently been released from prison after being sentenced to 20 months for dangerous driving. He claims to have committed 100 offences in his lifetime.
In the clip as the cows wander into the lane, Walker says that ‘there is mayhem here’ and laughs.
He rapidly jumps back when the cows get close to him.
The man, who tries to herd the animals back to safety, tells Walker that he should ‘move along’, but Walker replied: ‘Move along? It’s a public path.’
He informs Walker that it is in fact a private lane.
Trying to justify his actions in the clip, Walker adds: ‘I didn’t like the conditions these cows were living in so I’ve had to set them all free – a little bit of exercise for them.’
The clip finishes with Walker asking: ‘Was that wrong?’
Walker posted the footage on Twitter with the caption: ‘Driving down a country lane. Seen some cows living in filthy cramped conditions so thought it was only right they got a little bit of exercise!
‘If an animal is going to be killed for food then it should at least have a good quality of life before its sent to slaughter!’
However, he was condemned by social media users.
One wrote: ‘If a car hit them it would be a disaster. This guy hasn’t a clue. They were let loose, could have ended up anywhere, the cows were in a holding pen waiting to be milked. Visit a farm you may learn something.’
Another said: ‘Those are milking cows, they suffer if they are not milked twice a day. They come in for milking mostly of their own accord.
‘The reason they were in there is to keep them warm and dry and also not to damage the grass that they feed on in the summer.’
One added: ‘I can understand why you felt concern for these animals if you are not used to seeing livestock but you have put their lives in danger and frightened them. If you really want to help, learn about livestock farming.’
And another wrote: ‘Your first trip to the countryside you absolute k***? Make it your last as you clearly have no clue about animals or their welfare.’
The film was posted on February 23. It is unclear where the clip was taken.