There’s a new move afoot to put an end to the fencing that keeps cattle in specific pastures. I’ll say more about this shortly, but, first, some background to this conversation.  In the latest organizational change management book, SUNDAY ON THE HILL, the text specifies management lessons that have been learned from our 25 years of close association with our canine friends.  There is also detail about the appropriate treatment of animals and the fact that we have never endorsed animal “training,” which for bird dogs (a favorite breed of ours) often includes putting on collars, controlled by the “handler,” that shock the animal if he/she does something “wrong”in the field.  The “error,” of course, is solely in the perception of the handlers, who tend to be individuals who apply inhumane treatment to animals in the name of “showing them who’s boss” – or, what I call “turning a fully functioning dog into a lump of potato.”  I mention all of this as a preamble to the purpose of this post, which is to strongly disagree with the planned practice of putting shock collars around the necks of cattle and other livestock, in order to be able to keep them within the proper pastures as well as to alter other “undesired” behaviors.  I believe this practice to be an inhumane one.  And I suggest that those farmers/ranchers who plan to use it, first, be required to wear the shock collars, themselves, with someone at the controls who will freely “monitor” their behavior – 2 strong shocks for drinking too many beers; a strong shock for spreading one’s dirty clothes around the house; a strong shock for eating too much or for unsavory language  – and so, on – you get the picture.  Comments?!


  1. Zap, Zap, Zap, Zapppp… Guilty in all counts. I could see where my behavior would quickly change (don’t tell my wife), in my case the shock would come as a result of a decision I have made. Whereas, to get shocked as a result of walking or grazing past an invisible barrier, well that would be quite different. Sounds very stressful not knowing which step would result in a Zap… Yikes. My opinion, these animals “sacrifice” for our physical and financial benefit, They should at the very least be treated well in humane conditions.

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