Uri police rethink road rules after media outcry
Policed in canton Uri are ready to discuss animal transport after a media storm revealed how newly implemented rules could be dangerous for cows.
Every summer over 1,500 cows are taken from Uri and sent to graze on the alpine slopes in Ticino. In the past the transfer has been on the roads over the mountains. But new rules have closed the roads to trucks. Farmer complain the long wait in jams to get through the Gotthard Tunnel is dangerous to the animals.
Now the police chief in canton Uri is said to be ready to talk. He says animal welfare is very important to him.
Farmers have pointed out the police in the neighboring canton Ticino are far more helpful and have given animal transporters escorts to get them out of jams in the past.