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Turns out cow besties are “utterly” inseparable (ha!). That’s right, just like you and me when a cow is apart from their best friend for extended periods of time they just aren’t themselves. Cows are highly sociable animals that experience stress when they are isolated, just another fact that shows that farm animals are someones not somethings.

Conditions on factory farms are enough to stress the bejesus out of any living creature, but to cows that are extra responsive to being separated from offspring and friends forcing them to live in crates where they can’t move their heads, let alone interact with another cow seems particularly malicious.

In the report that discovered cow’s love for their friends, scientists tracked the heart rate and cortisol levels of cows when they were with or apart from other members of their herd. What the report found was that cows who were isolated showed significant signs of stress which ultimately negatively impacted the amount of milk they produced. One of the go-to justifications behind the industrialization of milk production is to glean high-yields of milk from animals but if a stressed cow that is forcibly separated from her calves minutes after birth and shoved into a robotic milking machine actually produces LESS milk then how does that logic figure…

Just thinking out-loud here. So to show solidarity for our four-legged BFFs, it is time we all ditch dairy (if you haven’t yet!) and keep the love going!

Image Credit: C.E. Price / Wikipedia Commons



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40 comments on “Cows Have Best Friends and Get Stressed When Apart”

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Stacey 'Ena' Williams
2 Years Ago

William Bonsell abortion or rather the choice of abortion is down to people who choose to do so the same with how people choose to slaughter and disrespect animals who they themselves have no choice. That is the difference. Animals have been given no considerable choice. They are here supposedly only to serve us humans for what they can produce, not what/who they are. So comparing a fetus who can perhaps be adopted out if kept, become the next assets or scum of society to an overly populated world comes down to the mother. Unless you know their situation you have no right to judge. I'm pro woman's choice because if I have a chance if dying. I'm choosing me. If my kid will be a non functional human then I won't let them suffer our gob shite society and if I were raped I won't be having that baby and the list of scenarios goes on. So before you throw in something far more political than moral as humans are less than moral. Consider it all before you try to offhandedly compare two evils. One is made by choice the other has none. Bred into a world with no choice. Like the fetus humans decide it all but its a mothers choice first.


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Daisy Villa
2 Years Ago

I hate the thought of eating animals!


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Marianna Cocoa Beans
2 Years Ago

aww my good friends???


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Hellmuth Christ
2 Years Ago

zärtliche liebe Kälber


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Wendi Davidson
2 Years Ago

Amanda Kay Bob Davidson Jess Fitz Susan Keiffer


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Wendi Davidson
2 Years Ago

Murderers won't even look at pages like this. I believe everyone who eats meat should have to watch every process from beginning to end and then eat it! Right there! For all animals and do this every three months just to remind them that they are eating four legged humans. Hear the cries, see the blood, watch the torture, the smell....the whole thing. All of it! If they make it through a year, they have no heart or morals, are not human and should be shipped off to their own little island, Put all of them in one place and then set it...well, just keep them away from us and the sweet animals. This is the animals land first! We have evolved people! What don't they get????


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Dolly Headley
2 Years Ago

Sweet babies.


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Sam Aboul-Nasr
2 Years Ago

Cannot watch this.


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DL Grage
2 Years Ago

Ya, how can you be eating then, go meatless!!


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James Mork
2 Years Ago

Why make a cow sick with force feeding? Sickening.


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