(AP) — In this photo dated Feb. 16, 2011 released by the Spanish farmer's union ASAJA, a cow which has been carved and stripped of most of it's meat lies in a field in Fernan Caballero, Spain.
A rancher in central Spain went out one morning to view his 200-head herd of cattle and found two prized calves shot in the head at point-blank range, and perfectly slaughtered. Only the bony carcasses, with heads attached, remained in the muddy field. People enduring hardship are increasingly stealing the earth’s bounty from farmers to get by from day to day. Farmers in some areas are teaming up to carry out nighttime patrols to protect their crops and animals. (AP Photo/ASAJA)