COW JUST WANTS TO BE LOVED BY HER CAT FRIEND
Despite their stone-faced appearance that cows have inherited from their ancestors Aurochs, cows are very sensitive animals with emotionally complex lives. Before they were driven to extinction by humans, auroch cows lived in the wild for at least 2 million years and hid illness, pain, weakness, injury by putting on a brave face at all times to avoid appearing vulnerable to flesh-eating animals. Auroch cows became extinct due to animal agriculture (humans took over their habitats to farm animals), domestication (captive cows on farms transmited diseases to free auroch cows in the wild) and being gunned down by "hunters."
Cows don't forget being hurt, and they hold grudges against other cows and humans who hurt them or their family members. Researchers Christine Nicol and John Webster at Bristol University have documented how cows within a herd form friendship groups of between two and four animals with whom they spend most of their time and that cows will even dislike other cows and can bear grudges against them for months and sometimes years. Check out this video of a cow who dislikes and holds a grudge against a human: youtube.com/watch?v=fSPq8N4xDq8
The dairy industry has known about the emotionally sensitive nature of cows and has used it against cows to exploit their bodies to their maximum capacity. Researchers at the University of Leicester spent time playing lots of different tunes to cows on dairy farms and found that cows exposed to relaxing tunes lactate 3% more milk.
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