Cattle Auction

These two pictures were taken at the Stierenmarkt in Zug, Switzerland. One can’t help wondering what cattle understand of what is happening to them when they are taken to auction – probably they are just frightened by the unfamiliarity of it all. But occasionally one reads of a cow, or more usually a bull, that panics and breaks away in a bid for freedom while on its way to the abattoir, almost as if it sensed it had nothing to lose! Sadly, on those occasions, the animal usually has to be shot wherever it runs to.