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Cattle Mutes "Episode Of Collective Delusion"

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 13:34:30 +0700 (GMT+07:00)
Archived: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 07:56:48 -0400
Subject: Cattle Mutes "Episode Of Collective Delusion"


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SUBJ: CATTLE MUTILATIONS CALLED EPISODE OF COLLECTIVE DELUSION
During the past several years, farmers in the western states
have been reporting dead cattle that seemed strangely mutilated.
Soft, exposed parts, such as the ears and genitals, were
apparently removed with surgical precision. Some corpses seemed
bloodless. Local papers blamed satan worshippers and
UFO occupants.

This paper analyzes the 1974 mutilation "flaps" in South Dakota
and Nebraska, with special attention to the rapid rise and
equally rapid decline of public interest as measured by
newspaper coverage.



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In the opinion of the author, these two episodes are classic
cases of mild mass hysteria, similar to the occasional crazes of
auto- mobile window-pitting. In all cases where university
veterinarians examined the corpses, the mutilations were
ascribed to small predatory animals. The veterinarians also
pointed out that blood coagulates in a couple days after death,
accounting for the frequent "bloodless" condition. With such
expert reassurances, the "mass delusions" subsided quickly.
Cattle mutilation flaps are thus seen by the author as episodes
when people interpret the mundane in bizarre new ways, due
perhaps to cultural tensions.

It is noted, however, that expert veterinarians examined only a
few of the dozens of mutilations, and that some people rejected
the above commonplace explanations.

(Stewart, James H.; "Cattle Mutilations: An Episode of
Collective
Delusion," The Zetetic, 1:55, Spring/Summer 1977.)

=46rom Science Frontiers #1, September 1977. =C2=A9 1977-2000 William
R. Corliss
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