As Western Journalism reported yesterday, a series of photos from the scene of a federal government standoff in Clark County, Nev. indicate Bureau of Land Management agents slaughtered multiple cows on the Bundy Ranch. After alleging the ranch’s owner, Cliven Bundy, had failed to pay federal grazing fees for a number of years, armed BLM agents swarmed the area, resorting to physical violence against members of the family and threats toward those who arrived to support them.
Allegations this week, in the aftermath of BLM’s decision to back down in the face of growing opposition, are perhaps even more outrageous. According to one report, federal officials systematically gunned down numerous head of cattle, allowing others to be trampled in unorthodox herding practices.
The agency was apparently so preoccupied with removing the cattle from the ranch in an effort to punish the Bundys that its agents disregarded safe protocol. Michele Fiore, a Nevada assemblywoman who has been on the front lines in defending the ranch against the government’s excessive force, detailed the atrocities she said occurred on the property.
After posting a number of photos of dead cows, she appeared on the Pete Santilli radio show to offer some context. She said officers shot cattle from the air as they flew overhead in helicopters, explaining numerous calves were left defenseless after their mothers were taken down or displaced.
“I personally helped save a calf who still had an umbilical cord attached to her as she was separated from her mom,” Fiore said.
She called the ordeal “disgusting,” explaining BLM agents “don’t herd cattle, they slaughter cattle.”
Attempts to move the livestock by force led to countless preventable deaths, she said.
“This is the BLM’s practice,” Fiore explained, noting officers “herd animals with helicopters, ATVs, and shotguns”; and if any “get out of line, they get a bullet in the back of the head.”
Crude attempts to bury the animals failed, she explained, as shallow graves left body parts exposed.
While more and more critics are demanding legal action against the agency in an effort to expose the cruel behavior, some have accused left-leaning activist groups including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals of remaining silent on the issue. Western Journalism contacted PETA for comment and received a statement from Senior Vice President of Communications Lisa Lange that seemed to equate the actions of federal agents and the ranchers.
“These animals shouldn’t be killed either by the government, or by the rancher who plans to send the cows off to slaughter,” she stated. “The best thing anyone can do to stop the suffering of animals is to go vegan.”
Fiore had a direct message to special agent Daniel Love, who alleged the BLM did not kill cattle on the ranch.
“He’s a flat out liar,” she said, “period.”
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