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Cows Need Friends to Be Happy

But modern farms deprive them of meaningful companionship.
Source: Esther Aarts

A a beast bred for uniformity. Whether black-and-white Holsteins or ginger-colored Jerseys, the is that such unvaried selfsameness has been coaxed, over time, out of bovine diversity. Identical cows lift up identical, dozy eyes. Jaws slide, muffled by fodder, chewing cud. A handful of breeds dominates the beef, dairy, and leather industries the world over. Cattle are “a human product like rayon,” Annie Dillard once wrote, encountering steers in Virginia. “They’re like a field of shoes.” People manufacture them. In the

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