UTAH -- Authorities are considering charges after a Utah man was found butchering a cow in his driveway.
The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports that authorities received a call Sunday afternoon from an Ogden resident who reported a neighbor cutting up a
cow in his driveway.
The caller told authorities they heard what sounded like a gunshot shortly before the butchering began.
Police say when officers arrived, the man was removing the cow's head. He denied shooting the animal, and told the officers it had been delivered
Prosecutors are now reviewing the case for potential charges, including possible health code violations.
Here's the Source
, but I put the final line
in bold print in order to emphasize how grasping authority is.
The article is short on the meatier details, but I fail to see what the beef here is. [
]...(Sorry, couldn't let the opportunity to score the first
puns pass by.)
On a more serious note, I fail to see any crime in this man's actions, yet it appears TPTB feel differently, although they really seem to be
stretching the boundaries of credulity....and before any animal activists out there start contributing their opinions, please keep in mind, according
to the butcher, the cow was delivered, presumably from a slaughterhouse, already dead. That "gunshot" the inquisitive neighbor reported could have
been a car backfiring, so we're not debating humane vs. cruel slaughter practices.
What concerns me is that TPTB, in looking at ways to find fault with this guy, appear to be applying standards meant for regulating the corporate food
industries to the individual, so I did a little fact checking.
UT Admin Code R70-530
R70-530-2. Scope. This rule establishes definitions; sets standards for management and personnel, food operations, equipment, and facilities; and
provides for food establishment plan review, inspection, and employee restriction. It shall be used to regulate bakeries, grocery and convenience
stores, meat markets, food and grain processors, warehouses and any other establishment meeting the definition of a food
If the authorities can find a way to make this trumped up trash stick, then the door is open for Uncle Sam to poke his nose into anyone's kitchens.
They will have given themselves the power to oversee and regulate every aspect of our dietary intake and the manner in which we prepare, serve, store
and tidy up after each meal.
Silly?...Impossible?...Maybe not...It is doubtful that the man intended on opening a steakhouse with just a single cow, therefore it seems more
logical to theorize that due to the shoddy economy & warnings of rising food costs that he intended to stock up on some meat for the family. We must
speculate (since intent was not addressed in the article) that in the absence of restaurant facilites, a menu, and customers waiting to be seated that
he had no intent to serve said food to the general public.
So what is his "crime"? Unsafe food preparation?...Then hunters who bring home a deer, dress & butcher it before freezing are "guilty" as well. How
about those squirrels and hares? Fishermen and their day's catch? Under this type of asinine micro-interference, those would be no-no's too. For that
matter, any table fare not purchased from and approved by our "federal family" can be declared unsafe & destroyed in the interest of protecting and
maintaining OUR health. This guy has done nothing more than what our ancestors did to eat...actually less. They slaughtered the beeves, the pigs, the
While I grant you that if I were the butcher in question I would have chosen a better place than my driveway to process the meat, but given the fact
that a whole dead cow on the hoof can weigh anywhere from several hundred to upwards of a thousand pounds, unless he had a means of moving it indoors,
where the truck dropped it is likely where he decided to start cutting...and if he's married, then it makes it even more easy to envision a dialogue
between the couple that follows along the lines of "You don't really think you're dragging a whole dead cow in the house (which I just cleaned BTW)
and start dissecting it on top of my grandmother's walnut dining table, do you?" The driveway, his own private property, seems to be the clear and
logical choice for his enterprise.
Under the standards the authorities would like to apply to this case, the $64,000 question is could the average kitchen pass a Food Safety
Adminstration inspection? When was the last time you hefted the fridge and the stove out of their space to sweep, mop, & degrease under, around and
behind? 1984? Did the kids leave the milk out again? That's a fine. Do you have a three-compartment sink or industrial dishwasher to properly sanitize
dishes and cookware? No...That's a fine. Did your wife wear gloves and a hairnet when she prepared the morning breakfast and made the sandwiches for
lunch? Sorry, that's a fine too.
There are several excellent ATS threads that expose the GMO toxins the American populace consume each day, and there are several which relate
mind-boggling stories of organic produce and gardens seized, their owners fined and terrorized merely because they wished to eat something better the
crap the USDA signs off on. These individuals are merely the first to go in the pot of this slow frog-boiling process leading to the totalitarian
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