I don't think the reason why cattle are rustled is down to their intelligence.
I often think that people underestimate the intelligence of other
species. I studied Mallards for a few years and concluded that they
were more switched than most of my friends and associates.
In a few months we have a general election here in the UK and then we
might be able to ascertain how easy it is for politicians to rustle
the electorate. Cattle, sheep and goats can be stubborn beasts unlike
those easily swayed by a penny off tax.
Don't be fooled by George Orwell, the beasts of the fields are more
savvy that you might think.
On 12/29/14, Mark Hall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I would argue cattle, sheep and goats are only marginally trainable.
> Rustling is popular and for a reason--cattle aren't too bright.
> Best, MEH
> On Sunday, December 28, 2014 3:35 PM, John Wood <[log in to unmask]>
> Cattle rustling was popular during all past periods. If you could train
> your cattle to hide when rustlers were abroad that would reduce your
> susceptibility to such a crime. Seems quite a logical thing to do if your
> livelihood depended on it. As any decent copper would tell you, "They can't
> steal what they can't see!"
> On 28 Dec 2014 23:06, "Mark Hall" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> But doesn't this make a presumption that the livestock has the
>> intelligence to hide behind said standing stone, and that there is a
>> to it???
>> Out here in the Wild West, my experience leads a serious questioning of
>> this highly speculative idea...
>> Best, MEH
>> On Sunday, December 28, 2014 12:59 PM, John Wood <
>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> It is good to see that there are still those who are willing to
>> challenge long held theories and beliefs. Archaeology isn't completely
>> dead yet!
>> On 12/28/14, John Wood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> > Thanks Jan.
>> > I have to say the idea of the rocks being used as protection for cows
>> > and oxen is truly inspirational. This is just the sort of thing that
>> > should spur serious discussion towards alternative, if not more
>> > realistic interpretations of prehistoric monuments with NW Europe.
>> > On 12/26/14, Jan Vandenheede <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> >> Hello,
>> >> I have not much time right now, but here is an older idea of mine: The
>> >> paired stones of the Kenneth Avenue can have been intended to function
>> >> times of war or conflict to protect a human person and an animal. The
>> >> larger (almost lozenge shaped) stones could indeed protect a cow, an
>> >> ox,
>> >> ...
>> >> (and of course also a smaller animal).
>> >> Best regards,
>> >> Jan Vandenheede