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Re: [RC] Carcass Removal - kathy swigart/Carrie - Truman Prevatt

Most likely it has to do with public health issues - either human, live
stock or both. When I was growing up in KY it was a major fine to bury a
dead cow on your property - no matter how large. It had to do with
preventing the spreading of a certain contagious disease - black leg
fever. Blackleg came from a spore that could live in the soil for many
years. If you left put the dead in the ground you were adding to the
spore content of the soil.

If we had a dead cow we called the county agent and a truck would come
out and haul the cow to an incinerator. While some laws may seem silly -
they might be based in historically valid reasons.


Kitley, Carrie E Civ USAF AFSPC 30 MDSS/SGSLF wrote:
Actually, I'm not sure how the legal part of it plays in. Would you
have to get a permit to bury a horse? I buried my cat in my backyard.
Did I commit a crime then? YIKES!!
I don't really think there's a whole lot to worry about regarding
legalities of burying a pet (even a horse) on larger parcels of private
property. Really! Who's gonna know? <wink> I know lots of people who
have done it (including the stables I board at) and lightening didn't
strike, nor did the law show up.
We also did this many times at the 300 acre sanctuary I used to work at.
Somehow, I have a hard time picturing the "law" coming around to the
millions of acres of private horse properties in CA with a giant stick,
poking around trying to find carcasses underground. Lol Kat said: "Unless, of course, I were to fall into that category of
people who only care about legality to the extent that I might get
caught." I guess I would fall into that category then. It would be
worth it to provide my horse a happy, peaceful ending.


"The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of
one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that
oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the
beginning if it is to be stopped at all."   H. L. Mencken


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[RC] Carcass Removal - kathy swigart/Carrie, Kitley, Carrie E Civ USAF AFSPC 30 MDSS/SGSLF