Written by Michelle Kretzer
Chick-fil-A's so-called "Cow Appreciation Day" involved giving chicken flesh to people who dressed up as cows. We think cows (and chickens) deserve better than that, so here's our new and improved Cow Appreciation Day. We're giving away The Compassionate Cook, our back-by-popular-demand, original vegan cookbook, featuring more than 225 recipes in which no cows, chickens, or any other animals were harmed. Just take the quiz below to learn why intelligent, sensitive cows aren't milk machines and then enter for your chance to win:
1. Just like people, cows are known to ________ when a loved one dies or is separated from them.
2. True or False: Cows' sense of smell is even stronger in some ways than that of most dogs—they can detect scents up to 5 miles away.
3. This picture is of:
A) a pipe cutter
B) one of the torture devices used in the Saw films
C) a guillotine dehorner, used by dairy farmers to chop off cows' sensitive horns
D) a Halloween haunted house prop
4. In nature, cows may nurse their calves for up to _____ years.
5. After years of being kept almost constantly, forcibly pregnant and having their beloved babies repeatedly taken away from them so that their milk can be sold instead, when cows' milk production wanes, they are:
A) put out to pasture on the farm to live out their days
B) retired to a sanctuary
C) feted with cake and alfalfa-flavored ice cream
D) sent to slaughter
6. True or False: A Holstein's spots are like a fingerprint—no two cows' spots are exactly the same.
7. Guys, get ready to squirm: Male calves who are taken from their mothers are usually _______ without so much as an aspirin.
8. True or False: Like people, cows communicate with each other using different vocal sounds, body positions, and subtle facial expressions.
9. A dairy industry study reports that by the time they are killed, nearly _____ percent of cows are lame because of the intensive confinement to the concrete floors of milking barns, the strain of being kept almost constantly pregnant, and being made to stand ankle-deep in their own dung.
10. True or False: Bovines love a good brain teaser, such as figuring out how to open a gate's latch to let themselves out, and they get so excited that some even kick up their heels when they figure out the solution.
Check out the answer key below to see how you did, and then repost some of these interesting cow facts to show your friends why it's sour to steal cows' milk.
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Answers: 1) shed tears 2) True 3) C 4) three 5) D 6) True 7) castrated 8) True 9) D 10) True
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Florida, is crowded with "elephants," and Charlotte, North
Carolina, will soon be filled with "donkeys" as Republicans and
Democrats gather for their respective national conventions. But which real
animal would win in a showdown between an elephant and a donkey? PETA takes
stock of the competition:
Physical prowess: Elephants are
active for 18 hours a day and can travel up to 30 miles a day. But donkeys are
no couch potatoes, either. They can run up to 30 miles per hour and are
sure-footed on rocky mountain crags.
Compassion: Elephants wince when they see another
elephant in pain, and an entire group will pitch in to help a mother elephant rescue her
drowning baby. But donkeys are often
prized companion animals because they are affectionate and are patient with children. Donkeys are also often
tasked with watching over herds of sheep or goats.
Beauty: Standing up to
13 feet tall with trunks that can reach for 7 feet, elephants make for quite a
majestic sight. Donkeys, the smallest members of the horse family, are
beautiful in their own right, with soft coats of fawn, chocolate, red, or black
fur and a graceful gait.
Intelligence: In an experiment
to see if elephants could figure out that they had to work together, both pulling
opposite ends of a rope, in order to move food close to them, the elephants not only succeeded
but also figured out a
shortcut that researchers hadn't thought of. Donkeys aren't short on smarts,
either. Companion donkeys
answer to their names, go for walks off leash,
and can even learn to pull carts through obstacle courses.
Enjoying leisure time: Elephants like
to cool off by using their trunks to spray water all over their bodies. They
also flirt with other elephants they are interested in. Donkeys know how to
relax, too, by finding a shady spot in which to curl up to escape the afternoon
heat or rolling on their backs in the grass or dirt. Companion donkeys also
love receiving treats and ear rubs.
close as it is, I think we have to call this one a tie. Please "cast your
vote" in favor of protecting elephants by refusing to support circuses and zoos and protecting donkeys
by opposing donkey
basketball games and the roundup and slaughter of wild
horses and donkeys.
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