Saffron-robed monks will serve legal papers on the RSPCA today as part of an ongoing dispute over the charity's slaughter of a sacred cow.

Monks from Bhaktivedanta Manor, the largest Hindu temple in Europe, are to serve legal papers to the RSPCA with a view to suing the organisation over the killing of Gangotri, a sacred cow.

The papers will be served at the RSPCA national headquarters at Southwater, near Horsham.