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* In ''Film/TheTerrorOfTinyTown'', Bat Haines is rustling cattle from both the Lawson and Preston ranches as part of a scheme to start a range war.



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* ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', despite being set in the heart of a major city, had a one-episode subplot about someone rustling cattle. Only a single steer in this case, but nevertheless impressive in that he'd not only stolen it from a local kosher slaughterhouse but somehow smuggled it some distance across town and ''up several flights of stairs into his apartment'' without being caught until someone called in a noise complaint. The responding officers stop finding it funny when they realise they're now responsible for getting the damn thing ''out'' of the apartment and back to its rightful owners.


* Central to the plot of ''WesternAnimation/ACloseShave''. No, really, the one with WallaceAndGromit.

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* Central to the plot of ''WesternAnimation/ACloseShave''. No, really, the one with WallaceAndGromit.''WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit''.



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* ''Film/{{Secrets|1933}}'' has husband-and-wife cattle ranchers batting evil cattle rustlers, a confrontation that ends with the rustlers besieging the heroes' ranch house in a violent shootout.


* Series/{{Badger}}'': In "Blood Ties", a violent gang are rustling hill sheep and slaughtering them to sell the meat on the clandestine market. [=McCabe=] tries to track down the rustlers by hiding himself in their van during their next raid, and guiding the police task force to the illegal slaughterhouse by radio.

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* Series/{{Badger}}'': ''Series/{{Badger}}'': In "Blood Ties", a violent gang are rustling hill sheep and slaughtering them to sell the meat on the clandestine market. [=McCabe=] tries to track down the rustlers by hiding himself in their van during their next raid, and guiding the police task force to the illegal slaughterhouse by radio.

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* Series/{{Badger}}'': In "Blood Ties", a violent gang are rustling hill sheep and slaughtering them to sell the meat on the clandestine market. [=McCabe=] tries to track down the rustlers by hiding himself in their van during their next raid, and guiding the police task force to the illegal slaughterhouse by radio.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBradyKids'': In "Give Me a Home Where the Panda Bears Roam and the Dog and the Mynah Bird Play," the kids discover that the cattle herd they are supposed to be taking on a CattleDrive consists of one cow. However, it is marked for rustling by two grizzled old-timers, Sagebrush and Tumbleweed.



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* In ''Film/TheManFromKangaroo'', 'Red Jack' Braggan is rustling cattle from the surrounding stations and driving them on to the station where he is overseer, where they are rebranded.



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* ''Literature/TheSteelBonnets'', being about the Anglo-Scottish Border region, naturally talks a great deal about rustlers--whole clans' worth of them.



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* An early ''Comicbook/LuckyLuke'' story had horses stolen during a Round-Up, their brand "-3" being changed to "4B".



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* ''Literature/MartinFierro'': This book has three examples:
** At song III of the first part, Fierro denounces the Indians as rustlers of the cattle as part of the [[RapePillageAndBurn Malón]].
** At song XII of the first part, Fierro admits that him and Sergeant Cruz stole some cattle when they decided to go to InjunCountry.
** The most archetypical Rustler is found at the Second Part, at song XIV to song XVIII, ''el viejo viscacha'' (Old man viscacha, an argentinian rodent), an old man who is a two bit villain, EvilCounterpart of the cowboy.


** John Glubb's original WarriorsOfTheDesertWind originally were recruited from men who had gotten their training in desert [[IncrediblyLamePun "rustling matches"]] before they enlisted. Often both as victim and as rustler at different times.

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** John Glubb's original WarriorsOfTheDesertWind UsefulNotes/WarriorsOfTheDesertWind originally were recruited from men who had gotten their training in desert [[IncrediblyLamePun "rustling matches"]] before they enlisted. Often both as victim and as rustler at different times.


** The two great status markers in pre-Anglo Irish society were how many cows you had stolen and how many men you had killed. Indeed, most 'wars' in Old Ireland were more large-scale rustling raids than anything else. Heck, even the famous Chu Chulainn got in on the act; change the setting to Texas and the weapons from [[BladeOnAStick spears]] to six-shooters and ''The Cattle Raid of Cooley'' becomes a {{Western}}.

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** The two great status markers in pre-Anglo Irish society were how many cows you had stolen and how many men you had killed. Indeed, most 'wars' in Old Ireland were more large-scale rustling raids than anything else. Heck, even the famous Chu Chulainn got in on the act; change the setting from Ulster to Texas Texas, the characters from monarchs and warriors to {{cattle baron}}s and cowboys, and the weapons from [[BladeOnAStick spears]] to six-shooters and ''The Cattle Raid of Cooley'' becomes a {{Western}}.


* [[LouisLAmour Louis L'Amour]] was fond of this as a plotline in his books.

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* [[LouisLAmour Louis L'Amour]] Creator/LouisLAmour was fond of this as a plotline in his books.


** Occasionally, thieves will even bypass stealing the whole animal altogether, and steal frozen ''bull semen'' after it's collected: a commodity that can potentially be worth thousands of dollars a batch, from a champion.

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** Occasionally, thieves will even bypass stealing the whole animal altogether, and steal frozen ''bull semen'' after it's collected: a commodity that can potentially be worth thousands of dollars a batch, from a champion.champion.
** High-quality beef like Kobe and Wagyu are valuable enough to be worth stealing, or fraudulently switching out for lower-grade meat on the sly.

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