First it was birds, then fish, now in a Wisconsin field in The Town of Stockton on January 14th 200 cattle dropped dead. I suppose we will start calling this “Apocowlypse Now”. So what caused them to die?
According to some, our sins did. For a number of Christian theologians this is a sign of the end of times.
The death of cows, birds and fish in particular seems to follow the prophecy set out by the Bible in the Book of Hosea, and are said to result when man turns his back on God.
‘By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood,’ the prophecy goes. ‘Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.’” -TIME.com
Does it take down the spookiness factor to know the cattle died over 4 days? No, ok then. So what do scientists think happen?
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab is studying tissue samples from 2 of the 200 dead Amherst steer (not cows). All the steer were from one farm. Perliminary tests indicate the cause of death was acute interstitial pneumonia though nothing is being ruled out yet.
I haven’t read anything about the type of farm this was. Conventional farms use antiobiotics and feed their cattle corn, damaging their systems, as opposed to organic farms. Their close quarters and lack of sanitation invite the spread of disease and I think it’s possible weakened immune systems led to the pneumonia which only eventually became the cause of death.
The owner, whose name has been withheld by authorities, told deputies that he suspected the animals died of IBR (infectious bovine rhinotracheitis), a respiratory condition, or BVD (bovine virus diarrhea), an illness that can damage a cow’s digestive and immune systems, lead to pneumonia and kill unborn calves.” -TIME.com
As far as the second coming of Jesus and the end of times is concerned according to online theologian Paul Begley in Indiana, “we still need 7 years of tribulation” and “the rise of the anti-Christ” for that to happen.