Two teens charged after shooting, killing livestock

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“The little shit’s, how would they like it if a gun man walked around their house killing their beloved dogs or other pets…did these thugs think “oh it’s only cattle & a horse, they mean nothing”? These thugs need to be taught a lesson & although they have given the name of the 18 yr old as  Julian Bliss they should also name the other 15 yr old; if their old enough to do the crime, they are definitely old enough to do some time & especially be named. A kid of 15 knows exactly what he is doing, it’s no excuse, prosecute them both to the fullest degree & make a bloody example out of them!!”

Spruce Grove and Stony Plain RCMP have arrested and charged two teenage boys, after officers were called to an incident where a number of livestock animals were found shot back in June.

Investigators announced Friday that two boys, aged 18 and 15-years-old faced a total of 28 charges, including counts of killing or injuring cattle, careless use of a firearm and mischief.

In addition, two long-barreled shotguns were seized.

“We were able to interview a couple of people of interest,” Insp. Gary Graham said. “We were able to interview them and subsequently both individuals were officially charged today.”

The charges were laid in connection to an investigation that started in June, 2012, when RCMP said officers received three calls on June 20, 2012, complaining that their livestock had been shot.

Investigators found a horse, a calf, and four cows in total suffering from gunshot woundsand while two of the cows eventually recovered, the rest died.

CTV News covered the shocking deaths when residents reported the shootings in June.

Wade Thordarson said the calf and a cow shot in the incidents belonged to his 13-year-old daughter, who had owned the cattle for a year as part of a 4H project.

On Friday, CTV News learned the older boy facing charges is Julian Bliss.

Thordarson said Bliss and his family live near his home – and he has met the young man.

“I was hoping it wouldn’t be anyone from the area,” Thordarson said. “[I’m] quite surprised to know them, and that they’re from the area.

“That’s very disturbing.”

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The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Northwest Indiana Racehorse’s Death

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The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­killing a racehorse named Lady May Z in Northwest Indiana.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On May 29, Lady May Z was grazing in her pen in Lake County, Ind., when someone shot her between the eyes, killing her. Lady May Z’s owners, Carl and Heidi Geib, found her lying dead in her pen. Police believe a captive bolt gun was used. The 8-year-old racehorse was scheduled to appear at Balmoral Park Racetrack on May 30 for a practice race.

“It takes a truly callous person to kill a gentle horse as she was grazing in her pen,” said Anne Sterling, Indiana state director for The HSUS. “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this tragic crime.”

The InvestigatorsThe Lake County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Michelle Weaver at 219-755-3400.

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Dancing Cows?

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“It’s so true they do, I live 5 minutes away from fields full of cow’s & sheep it’s great to see them frolicking about & also makes me feel great about not eating them. It would be terrible to see our rolling country sides, absent their animals!”


Cows belong in fields. We have known it for a long time. And the cows agree!

In March 2012, we visited a farm in the UK to film cows being released from their indoor winter housing to their fresh pasture for spring and summer grazing.

As you will see from the video below, the cows could not have been happier.


Sadly, though, these cows are the lucky ones. Some dairy cows never get to leave the confines of their sheds, but instead are kept indoors all year round in intensive zero-grazing systems.

Cows being released from their indoor winter housing

Zero-grazing is already common in the USA and we do not want to see this practice become commonplace in Europe or anywhere else.

We believe that all cows should be given access to pasture and want to see an end to the practice of zero-grazing.

If you agree that cows belong in fields you can make your voice heard in our poll about the future of dairy farming.

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