Every animal deserves a day of its own to appreciate its existence and special place in our world. Cows are no different. Cow Appreciation Day is commonly celebrated on July 15th each year and that is as good a day as any.
So, what do you actually know about cows? Most likely you have heard the rumor that they are not very smart and therefore subject to being pushed over in what is called cow-tipping in an attempt by bored teenagers to amuse themselves. They are also obviously the source of dairy and meat for much of society. In fact, it is estimated that they supply approximately 90% of the world’s dairy needs, but interestingly enough they can only give milk for the first time after they give birth.
The truth is that these creatures are much more than food and they are smart in their own way. If you spend enough time around them you will see that they are wonderful mothers and work together as a loving family in many cases. In India they are considered sacred and are a valuable part of many herding cultures, never mind their place in folklore and mythology, along with Bulls. In some areas of the world cow dung is used as an important source of fuel and electricity, making them much more than just an “animal.”
Unfortunately, many cows are treated inhumanely in society’s desire to conveniently fill our stomachs. In the United States, many end their already miserable lives in gruesome slaughter houses; others are kept in cramped, filthy conditions day in and day out and calves are taken away from their mothers and kept confined in tiny metal pens, Bulls are used as bait for entertainment, and many other sad and horrible facts that most people are not aware of.
To appreciate something is to fully understand its worth. There will never be a mutual feeling towards cow’s worth in our world, but taking a moment to see their impact on our lives and how we ultimately treat them as a living being is a step in the right direction.
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