Three men remained in jail Sunday night on charges associated with killing and dismembering of a 400-pound calf [...]
[One man was] charged with a felony for trespassing on property while armed and a misdemeanor for disposing of a dead animal. [Two others] had additional charges including two misdemeanors for trespassing on private property and for disposing of a dead animal. [...] The 6-month-old calf was one of about 90 head of cattle on the property [...]
[The property owner] said he found the calf’s head Sunday morning near a ditch where the three men reportedly killed it in front of its mother.
“The mother cow was looking in the ditch,” Holman said. “She stayed there for 24 hours. They killed the calf right in front of the mother cow. I want to see them punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
The property owner essentially argues that:
a) the slaughter of this calf wasn’t humane
b) he had more right to slaughter this calf
“it’s unthinkably vicious to tear one individual calf from his or her mother in the dead of night, but it’s perfectly acceptable to do it on a mass scale, on a schedule, in the light of day.”
Our society doesn’t have a consistent opinion about animal cruelty.
Crossposted at ElaineVigneault.com