Turns out cows shouldn’t be thought of just for meat, milk, and tipping. They could help you with your homework, advise the president on foreign policy, or explain why your boyfriend seems distant lately. If we could just get through to them. The Sunday Times of Britain reports that certain traits in livestock suggest they may be so emotionally similar to humans that laws regarding their welfare need to be rethought. A professor of animal welfare at Bristol University said that even chickens may have to be treated as individuals with needs and problems.
Once they were a byword for mindless docility. But cows have a secret mental life in which they bear grudges, nurture friendships and become excited over intellectual challenges, scientists have found. Cows are also capable of feeling strong emotions such as pain, fear and even anxiety — they worry about the future. But if farmers provide the right conditions, they can also feel great happiness.
Yeah, until they think about their future again.