The outrage over last week’s attempted livestock roundup in Bunkerville Nevada has taken another ridiculous turn. Now the blog-o-sphere is filling up with photos of a few of Bundy’s dead cattle, killed or euthanized by BLM during its fumbled attempt to remove the trespassing bovines.
They do realize those cows were destined for death, right? Cliven Bundy isn’t keeping them as pets.
Being shot by a rifle might have been a preferable outcome to whatever Bundy’s cows were headed towards. The west is littered with the carcasses of cows that have starved to death, have diedof thirst, had their guts immobilized by trash or toxic materials, were struckby lightning, got stuck in fences and cattleguards, died in freak snowstorms or giving birth, or were hit by cars on the unfenced highways.
If the cows survived in the desert, they might have been rounded up into stock trucks, crowded into cattle cars (there’s a reason that conjures up unpleasant images), driven to auctions and feedlots and left to stand in their own excrement until they headed headfirst down a chute towards an electrical stun gun or a captive bolt pistol. This would (hopefully) render the beast unconscious before it’s throat is cut to allow it to bleed to death.
And then that dead cow might even get itself invited to Bundy’s celebratory barbeque.