Low-carb diets blamed for increase in rustling

Filed under: In The News — @ April 13, 2004

cow.jpgCattle rustling, a common crime in the olden days, is apparently staging a comeback thanks to the popularity of low-carb diets. The Washington Post reports:

bq. The growing national popularity of high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets has kept beef prices high, even after the threat of mad cow disease arose in the Pacific Northwest late last year. But law enforcement officials say that Americans’ new eating habits also appear to be inspiring a new generation of rustlers to steal and sell cattle, particularly newborn calves not yet seared with identifying brands, in illicit marketplaces for substantial profit.

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