Rustlers butcher cow stolen from farmer
Rafael Ferro Salas, Abdala Press.
PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba - January (www.cubanet.org)
- When police arrived at 8:00 a.m. a group
of people was looking at the cow's carcass
left by the side of the road.
"They butchered it alive. That's inhumane,"
said one bystander.
Police took pictures and studied the terrain
looking for evidence. The thieves had gone
into the farmer's field during the night,
took the cow and butchered it by the side
of the road. They had taken the rear quarters.
The man was sitting by the side of the
road, smoking and gazing in the distance.
When I sat by him, he started talking, as
if he had been expecting me.
"That was the only cow I had left.
I was feeding the milk to my grandson. It's
a shame what they did. You don't do that,
not even to an animal," he said.
"Well," I tried to commiserate.
"Maybe the police will find the thieves..."
The farmer didn't let me finished. He got
up, and as he walked away said: "The
police are themselves in cahoots with the
thieves all over this area. I'm never going
to trust them. In my 76 years I had never
seen so much corruption as we have now.
You can't tell the bad guys from the police."
He peered at the group of onlookers milling
around the cow and walked away, as if from
that moment on he'd have nothing to do with
what had happened the night before.
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