Shambo, the 'sacred' Welsh Hindu bullock, has finally been taken away for execution after police were drafted in to battle it out with his followers who were trying to prevent the slaughter.
More than 100 protestors gathered at the multi-faith Skanda Vale site to worship as the bullock was loaded into a white transit van, and taken to a secret location where he will be shot by a firing squad later today.
Shambo, who has Bovine TB, was arrested two years ago at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, when he was accused of a 'serious sexual assault' on another bull, a charge he has always strenuously denied.
Having given him a reprieve last week, the Welsh Assembly Government yesterday decided it was "curtains for Shambo", and authorities issued a Death Warrant.
Farmers were jubilant at the decision.
"The sooner he's shot, the better", said NFU spokesman Dai Davies.
Shambo's supporters were angry, but their leaders asked for restraint. One of the centre's 'monks', Brother Alex said:
"It's a shame, but after all, he's only a bullock."
Ramesh Kallidai, secretary general of the Hindu Forum of Britain, said:
"Shambo accepted his fate with good grace and dignity. He has gone to his death for our sins, so that we might survive. A bit like that Jesus fella."