Monday, January 22, 2007

One happy cow...



Yes, this cow is smiling… Let me tell you the story…

A couple of weeks after I came back from Ireland, I was talking with my brother about my trip. I told him one of the things that surprised me was how good all the dairy products were there. Cheese, yogurt, ice cream… I loved them all! I speculated that it all tasted so good because the cows there were so happy.

He scoffed at me, and I showed him one of the many pictures I’d taken of cows while I was there. Around here, most cows are penned up in feedlots in mass quantities, and do NOT look happy at all, so I was fascinated by all the contented bovines I saw in pastures all over the Emerald Isle. Looking at my pictures didn’t even convince him – he said, “Nope... I want to see TEETH on those cows before I’ll believe they’re happy!”

Later, I was showing some friends my Ireland scrapbook, and telling them what my brother had said. One friend offered to doctor the picture for me, and you can see the results. He did a good job, didn’t he?

I emailed this to my brother last night, but I haven’t heard back from him to find out what he thinks. Oh, by the way, here is the original picture:



Does this not look like the picture of contentment?

3 comments:

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Hello Joanne...

I quite agree that the cows look happy and contented and of course they have good reason to be in that lovely field, eating delicious grass. They are indeed ‘happy cows’ because of their environment.

Like you, I get concerned about animals and poultry that are bred specifically to ‘produce’, be it meat or eggs and I always avoid purchasing anything that hasn’t lived, or is living a happy life. When my husband and I are choosing our eggs for example, we always check on the box that they are what we call ‘happy eggs’ from hens that have had to freedom to enjoy the open air, the sun on their back and to scratch the ground they walk on, not caged into a space so small they can hardly move. Yes, I like the smiling cow! - Marion

wayne said...

I have been writing my congressman to make a law requiring a picture of the typical life style of animals on the package. The marketing people have corrupted the language so that it is impossible to tell how the animal really lived. I want my food animals to have had a largely natural life.

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