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He’s not only an expert blocker and pass-catcher for the Washington Redskins, but Chris Cooley is also an expert in the field of Big Dead Cow Removal. His method of choice? Gasoline, a match, and a towering inferno of burning bovine flesh.

While surveying some land he purchased in Wyoming, Cooley and friends ran across a big dead cow. They wanted to get rid of it, and not having a better method at hand, they flambéed the big rotting heap of flesh.

Cooley promises he has video, too, though he hasn’t posted it yet. I don’t know what he’s waiting for. I couldn’t tell you why, but burning a dead cow in the middle of nowhere seems like fun to me.

If you’re wondering about animal cruelty/proper dispoal issues, I’m afraid I don’t have a straight answer for you. No one was immediately available to take my call at Wyoming Animal Control this morning. Cooley did get a reply on his facebook page from someone named Christie Lopez, though, who said the following:

As the Director for adoptions for a rescue, an animal rights activist, a Vet Tech and a member of the HSUS this is not an act of cruelty. It all rights burning the corpse of a dead farm animal is the right thing to do to stop the spread of disease.

So there’s that. Personally, I can’t think of anything immoral about it. The cow’s dead. There’s no cruelty involved. Unless the cow had some religious affiliation that stipulates that a dead body must be dealt with in a certain way, I think Cooley’s in the clear here.

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