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Published:September 25th, 2014 10:19 EST

Study: Bells Harmful to Cows

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Researchers in Zurich said the iconic cow bells worn by the country`s bovines could be damaging the animals` hearing and feeding habits.


Agricultural scientist Julia Johns said she and colleague Edna Hillmann at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich studied more than 100 cows outfitted with 12-pound bells at 25 farms across the country and monitored the effects on the animals.

The researchers told newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag the bells can create noise levels of up to 113 decibels, equaling the noise made by a chain saw and exceeding the legal noise limit of 85 decibels."


Cows don`t get any respect, they are tipped over by frat boys, mutilated by extraterrestrial aliens, and forced to wear 12-pound bells in Switzerland.

I realize that a cow with a bell is an iconic image and good for the Switzerland tourism industry, but forcing cows to wear them is nothing short of animal cruelty.

Cow bells may make the animals easier to locate should they wander off, but at what price? The cow bells damage their hearing, and make them stressful and anxious.

Farmers could do away with the hellish bells and rely on GPS technology to locate their herd.

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