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Friday, September 9, 2011

It Is Not from the Benevolence of the Butcher…

In Ogden, a man was butchering a cow in his driveway located in a high density neighborhood.  Household production is not counted when calculating GDP so transforming the cow into burgers does not add to GDP despite the value added, but I wonder where he got the cow and if he paid for it (“Police called after man butchers cow in his driveway”).

OGDEN -- Charges may ensue for an Ogden man who startled the neighbors by butchering a cow in his driveway over the weekend.

Police were called to the scene at 1:44 p.m. Sunday after the cow's owner began harvesting the animal. A patrolman was responding to a caller who saw a cow being trailered to the home in the 2700 block of Gramercy Avenue.

The caller then reported hearing the cow's audible mooing, followed by what sounded like a gunshot, said Police Lt. Troy Burnett. Then the mooing stopped.

The patrolman's report said when he arrived at the scene a half-block above Monroe Boulevard, "the cow was in the process of losing its head," Burnett said.

The man sawing at the animal's neck, the owner of the beef, denied shooting the cow on the premises, telling the officer the animal had been dispatched outside the city limits.

The officer took the information and filed a report that will be screened by the city attorney's office for possible charges, Burnett said.

What crimes might have been committed?  Here’s a partial list:

  • discharging a firearm within the city limits
  • disorderly conduct
  • health code violations
  • animal cruelty


  1. In my country, cow butchers you.

  2. Maria Lozano

    I think the only crimne he might be committed to is discharing a firearm within city limits and Animal cruelty.