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GhassanEdited01While surfing some websites on the Internet, a video clip caught my eye showing a helicopter carrying a cow, elegantly attached to it with carefully knotted ropes. Within moments, a second helicopter...and a third...up until they transported several cows; each one separately.
It was a strange and exciting sight for me, I, who from childhood used to see a rope tied around the neck of the cows, tightened by the hand of the breeder when necessary... hitting the cows sometimes so that they walk.


I did some more research on the matter and learned that 10 cows got wounded and this was the way they were transported by the helicopter over the hills of the Clausenpas region, in central Switzerland...
One of the owners of the cows indicated that the reason for the helicopter is that they must be transported to pastures where cars cannot reach, and they are injured, and they are not supposed to walk such long distances in order to preserve their health.
Once the cows gather at one of the sites, they will head to the Alpine village of Arnboden, where farmers hold an annual cattle festival.
Who does not dream of flying over the Alps? Who among us can know what these cows felt in flight? Are there studies that prove the extent of their happiness or perhaps their fear? Did the happiness hormone serotonin rise in the air? Who knows?
Several studies have indicated that the “feelings” of cows positively affect their productivity, as they produce more milk, considering that happiness is associated with pumping a group of chemicals that raise calcium levels in the blood, which makes milk more rich in minerals. The hormone "serotonin" is primarily responsible for the feeling of happiness.
Aren't we supposed to pamper our cows, make them listen to music, and provide them with a certain level of well-being?
It is true that it is a means of materialistic profit, but if we do not entertain it, then the loss awaits us, at least in the decrease of milk production.
We have to deal with our cows gently and pamper them as much as possible. As soon as they give birth, we take away their newborn and start milking them- manually in the past years- and today using a robot. We forgot that they are living beings and that they need the "Human Touch" to make them feel safe and tender in order to give all their energies to provide the best production for us.
All human principles and heavenly religions call for compassion for animals, considering that this indicates hearts that beat with love, life and mercy. Animals cannot be tortured, and most of the time they are our livelihood and our strength. Have we forgotten that in India they worship the cow and appreciate its productivity??
Where are we today in our region? What about our farms and what management methods do we follow?
Do we care about animal welfare? Do we take into account animals’ feelings and how they feel about the way they are being raised, or do we only see them as walking investments? How do we invest in our herds? Do we distinguish between the healthy and the sick? And between the pregnant female and the new mother?
We always need to learn from the West, and I do not know what we lack in order to be proactive and distinguished in terms of compassion and good management.
It was the first time I saw a cow fly, so I sat thinking and analyzing the feelings of this cow. Was she happy? How did she feel? Did she enjoy her flight? Thoughts run through my mind, and if I was falling asleep in a daydream, I saw the cow laughing joyfully while singing some tunes. I looked at her happily, thrilled for her happiness. It was shortly before I woke up from my nap to the sound of a strong explosion? Where?... How... What? ... I don't know... I opened my eyes and couldn't see anything, I was in the dark. I cried from the bottom of my heart, "Oh my God, when will this darkness end and when will we reach the end of this dark and scary tunnel?"

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