“You get 100 percent of what the cow’s worth at the time at the market place,” he said in a 2009 interview. “It’s not like stealing a TV and getting 20 bucks.”
That concept pretty much still rings true today. The difference: the price of cattle is higher now which reflects on most of our grocery bills, and also makes stealing far more attractive for a thief. In keeping with the modernization trend surrounding the crime, we used social media to get a better grasp.
According to a spokesperson for the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, cattle rustling reports are up 40 percent this year alone. That’s bad for ranchers, some of whom were forced to reduce their herds by up to 35 percent or completely sell off due to the drought of 2011.
“Guys have sold at 400, 500, 600 dollars a cow,” one rancher said at an auction last year. “To go in and buy that cow and take her home today, you are looking at double or triple the cost to buy the same animal back.”
Or, in the case of a criminal, someone could just take what isn’t theirs. The TSCRA spokesperson tweeted several pictures of people accused, and in some cases convicted, of doing just that. A conviction even resulted in a ’99 years in prison” sentence for one of them, which is better than the punishment of choice in the old days.
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