After previous denials, the Bureau of Land Management has confirmed that it did in fact slaughter six of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle as a part of the tense standoff between him and the federal agency.
According to Breitbart News, an official from the BLM said that “A total of six cattle died or were euthanized.”
The official then listed the dead cattle that were killed by the agency, which was:
– 1 Bundy branded bull was euthanized
– 1 Bundy branded cow was euthanized
– 1 unbranded bull was euthanized
– 1 unbranded cow was euthanized
– 1 unbranded bull died
– 1 unbranded cow died
Last week Bundy’s daughter posted photos to Facebook that depicted the mass graves with the dead cattle in them. They’re claiming that there’s more than six cows that are dead, two of which were the ranchers prized bulls. They’re saying that the slaughter was “unjust” and that the dead cows were either “run to death or shot.”
The BLM says that they were acting on court orders to seize the cattle, and the official said that “Most recently, in 2013, in two separate orders, the U.S. District Court of Nevada directed Mr. Bundy to remove his cattle within 45 days, and authorized the United States to impound his cattle.”
People for Ethical Treatment of Animals has also weighed in on the matter. A spokesperson for the organization said in a statement that “These animals shouldn’t be killed either by the government, or by the rancher who plans to send the cows off to slaughter. The best thing anyone can do to stop the suffering of animals is to go vegan.”
For those unfamiliar with the case, Bundy had refused to stop paying the BLM so-called “grazing fees” that were charged him in order to allow his cattle to graze on the publicly-owned land. His refusal led to a tense standoff between armed federal agents and armed protestors, with both sides having rifles trained on the other. During the standoff it was speculated that if shots were fired that an incident similar to Waco could have occurred as neither side would have backed down.
Tensions were eased a little over a week ago when the BLM announced it would be halting its currnt operations, however according to reports they’re still planning on going after Bundy both “legally and administratively.”