While cows have been revered in many cultures throughout history, and remain so by Hindus – there’s a reason why we use the term “sacred cow”, after all – it’s fair to say that western cultures haven’t been as respectful. When we describe a human as “bovine” (meaning cow-like) we aren’t generally being kind, but accusing them of a particularly dull and witless nature. Most of us only ever see cows standing near motionless in fields and staring vacantly as they chew grass, and think that there can’t be much happening behind those big staring eyes.
In “Heathers”, Winona Ryder’s character finally gives up all respect for her classmates when she goes on a date which ends with drunken football players indulging in cow tipping and she ends up covered in manure. Her look of contempt says it all.
It’s a great movie moment, but unfortunately it’s also almost certainly based on a myth.
Even if you’re as obsessed with animals as we are, you often hear new facts you haven’t heard before, the kind which make you reappraise what you thought you knew. Everyone knows the saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s also true that you shouldn’t judge an animal by its pelt.
(photo: Karl Young, Wikimedia)
Most people have probably heard of cows and bison, but not of the beefalo. The beefalo is a blend of these two animals resulting in a unique appearance and healthy meat options. Below is more about this interesting animal and why it was created.