Bovine Blessings

I see that the horse lobby has galloped into action. These folks are disturbed about the increasing use of horse meat at the dinner table.

According to news reports, a group of equestrians recently descended on the nation’s capital bearing signs that read: “Horses are for riding not eating.”

Their cause is supported by no less than Senator Schweiker, who has introduced into Congress a bill to make the use of horse meat for human consumption illegal.

I can sympathize with this group. They love horses and feel that because of their beauty and recreational contribution to mankind they should be delivered from the slaughterer’s axe.

On the other hand, who speaks for the lowly cow? Where is the cow lobby?

While the horse brings to some a certain amount of exercise and visual pleasure, the cow is our foster mother. We were brought up on her milk. As children we would hear mom say whenever we reached for the Kool-Aid, “Milk would be better for you!”

Think of how many important decisions we’ve made mulling over a bowl of cereal and milk in the wee hours of the morning.

Perhaps the human race might be even less pacific were it not for the effect of cow’s milk. Look at Romulus and Remus. They were suckled on wolfs milk and founded the city that became the great persecutor of the church.

Even our language and literature owe a debt to sis cow. What kind of elocution lesson would it be to recite: “How now brown horse, grazing in the green, green grass”? Jack would have had no story to entertain the children of the world if he hadn’t had a cow to trade for the five magic beans. Think of how udderly preposterous it would be to have a horse jumping over the moon. And don’t forget the immortalized nonexistent purple cow.

Even in the ...

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