Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Taking cows a little bit too seriously

"BJP offers cow urine as cure all," reads a headline in the Times of India today. The BJP, of course, is a hindu nationalist party, hence the cows. According to the paper,
A new goratna (cow products) stall at the BJP's souvenir shop is rapidly outselling dry political tracts, badges, flags and saffron-and-green plastic wall clocks with the face of former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.
The good news is that this stuff could really revolutionize medicine. One of these medicines "battles cancer, hysteria, and irregular periods." And here I was totally barking up the wrong tree, looking to the Indian pharmaceutical industry which, by the way, is promising in its own way.

And, speaking of cows, it appears that they are a lot more complex than we thought. Indeed, according to the Sunday Times,
Cows are ... 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...

Dairy cow herds can also be intensely sexual. Webster describes how the cows become excited when one of the herd comes into heat and start trying to mount her. “Cows look calm, but really they are gay nymphomaniacs,” he said.

Donald Broom, professor of animal welfare at Cambridge University, who is presenting other research at the conference, will describe how cows can also become excited by solving intellectual challenges.

Next time you look a cow in the eye, remember: she is a gay nymphomaniac.


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