Longhorn cattle on the loose in Washi...

Longhorn cattle on the loose in Washington state town, butcher ...

There are 2 comments on the International Herald Tribune story from Jan 31, 2007, titled Longhorn cattle on the loose in Washington state town, butcher .... In it, International Herald Tribune reports that:

GRANITE FALLS, Washington: Police have written more than $2,000 worth of tickets to Hiram Wilburn, 85, about marauding longhorn cattle that have escaped his property through a hole in his fence at least 70 ...

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John Herr

Edmonds, WA

#1 Jan 31, 2007
Your entire town outght to be ashamed of yourselves for giving an 85 year old man tickets because he has a hole in his fence and his cattle are getting out. It would have been more productive for a few of the townsfolk to get together and go fix the fence. It is obvious that the gentleman is at an age where it might just not be possible for him to physically fix the hole in the fence. Your behavior is outrageous and totally unacceptable in my opinion. As for the policeman who was "tired" from it all, too bad. I find his behavior the worst of your entire lot and would like to know what specific RCW the 85 year old man violated because he had a hole in his fence that he apparently could not fix. Then, to air your inconsiderate behavior on the internet only validates that the town is full of self-centered, incompassionate, hedonistic people, who care nothing about doing simnple acts of kindness for their fellowman.
T M Porter

United States

#2 Feb 2, 2007
Before you pass judgement on the people of Granite Falls you should be aware of some facts. This 85 year old man has at least a 10 year history of neglecting his animals and the law. I have over the past 10 years rescued more than 16 horses from his property, which were in varying stages of starvation. He has been charged for animals neglect and investigated by authorities repeatedly. I have pictures of animals I have removed from his posession that would make you sick. To be honest butchering these poor animals is a far less cruel fate than that which he would subject them to. It is not his age that keeps him from caring for them it's a blatant disregard for life and the suffering of others. I have gone to help him care for the animals in the past and he doesn't want to be bothered with it. There is a long history with Hiram that outsiders don't know about. I care for the man and have enjoyed his company in the past, but I can no longer watch what he does to these animals over and over without saying enough. I have distanced myself from him because everything I've done in the past has not changed his behavior, it has only served to change the animals he is doing it to. I was unaware of this most current trouble he is in but can only pray that God will one day soon put a stop to his cruelty.
John Herr wrote:
Your entire town outght to be ashamed of yourselves for giving an 85 year old man tickets because he has a hole in his fence and his cattle are getting out. It would have been more productive for a few of the townsfolk to get together and go fix the fence. It is obvious that the gentleman is at an age where it might just not be possible for him to physically fix the hole in the fence. Your behavior is outrageous and totally unacceptable in my opinion. As for the policeman who was "tired" from it all, too bad. I find his behavior the worst of your entire lot and would like to know what specific RCW the 85 year old man violated because he had a hole in his fence that he apparently could not fix. Then, to air your inconsiderate behavior on the internet only validates that the town is full of self-centered, incompassionate, hedonistic people, who care nothing about doing simnple acts of kindness for their fellowman.

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