(Morning. I'm near Lenore's desk, checking my mail. She is watching a video on her computer of a cow being branded.)
Me: Learning to brand cattle?
Lenore: (wincing) Wha-? No, this is a video of my nephew and uncle. Can you believe they still do this burning stuff to cows and things?
Me: Sure, I guess.
Lenore: I think it is just, just awful. I hate when they hurt animals. And he, my uncle, even hunts deer and shoots them! (grabs chest in a gesture of disbelief)
Me: Some farmers just tag their herds with a spray or pierce the animals' ears.
Lenore: Like with earrings? No!
Me: They're more like those censor tags like the ones they put on clothes so you don't steal them.
Lenore: Really? So someone doesn't take a cow out of a field or something or the alarm will go off?
Me: Uh, I don't think any alarms go off, it's just to identify them as your cattle or sheep or whatever.
Lenore: I don't get any of it. I just put collars on my cats and that seems to keep them around and my neighbors know they are mine. You'd think they'd figure this out by now.