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By Hannah Velten

From the milk we drink within the morning, to the leather-based sneakers we slip on for the day, to the steak we delight in at dinner, our day-by-day lives are completely certain up with cows. but there's a way more advanced tale in the back of this probably benign creature, which Hannah Velten explores the following, plumbing the wealthy trove of delusion, truth, and legend surrounding those familar animals.

From the plowing box to the rodeo to the temple, Velten tracks the continually altering social dating among guy and livestock, starting with the domestication of aurochs round 9000 BCE. From there, Cow launches right into a attention-grabbing tale of spiritual fanaticism, clinical exploits, and the industrial adjustments engendered by means of the alternate of the various items derived from the animal. She explores in attractive element how regardless of cattle's prominence at ends of a large spectrum: Hinduism venerates the cow as probably the most sacred contributors of the animal nation, whereas pork is a prized staple of the yankee vitamin. notion scary and informative, Cow restores this oft-overlooked animal to the the Aristocracy it richly merits.

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Org. united kingdom www. irishmoiledcattlesociety. com www. lincolnredcattlesociety. co. united kingdom www. longhorncattlesociety. com SEE ‘REFERENCES’ FOR instructed web content, PLUS: www. aurochs. org/cows/famous/ checklist of, and hyperlinks to, ‘famous’ cows www. crazyforcows. com well known web site for cow fanatics; springboard web site for lots of different cow-related net hyperlinks www. prairieoxdrovers. com Canadian oxen fans; many hyperlinks to oxen-related web pages www. ciwf. org. united kingdom Compassion in international Farming web site http://members. tripod. com/~animom/bull. html the extraordinary Cruelty of Bullfighting – anti-bullfight site www. iscowp. org The overseas Society for Cow security Acknowledgements i need to recognize Jonathan Burt for all his encouragement and recommendation – with no him i wouldn't have written this e-book. additionally due to Harry Gilonis for his endurance. thank you finally to supply Sherriffs and to my mom and dad, Tim and Pauline: not more cow-talk, I promise. This e-book is for my brother, Christian Velten, who has been lacking in Africa on account that March 2003 after getting down to keep on with within the footsteps of the Scottish explorer Mungo Park. may possibly the ‘special’ cows be taking care of him. picture Acknowledgements the writer and publishers desire to exhibit their due to the less than resources of illustrative fabric and/or permission to breed it. (Some assets uncredited within the captions for purposes of brevity also are given lower than. ) photograph Seth N. Anderson: p. ninety two; Archaeological Museum of Herakleion: pp. forty, 50; Acropolis Museum, Athens: p. forty-one; Albright-Knox paintings Gallery, Buffaxlo: p. ninety; picture courtesy of the artist (Michael J. Austin) / Park stroll Gallery, London: p. 6; drawings through the writer: pp. eleven, ninety nine; picture Leonardo Beraldo: p. a hundred sixty five; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris: p. eighty one; British Library, London: pp. 102 (MS 42130I170), 128 (MS Royal 2. B. VII. f. 75), British Museum, London: pp. 24–25, 32, 117 (BM Orient 533); Cairo Museum: p. seventy one; picture Frans Devriese: p. 113; Egyptian Museum, Cairo: p. sixty eight; photograph Porter Glendinning: p. 38; photograph Naveen Jamal: p. a hundred and seventy; Karachi Museum: p. 22; picture courtesy of John Kenny / Sparshatt Galleries, London: p. nine; photograph Mark Kerrison: p. seventy eight; Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen ‘Mauritshuis’, Den Haag: p. 87; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna: p. eighty three; photograph Enrico Laçet: p. 18; pictures Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Prints and pictures department: pp. 27 (British comic strip Prints assortment, LC-USZC4–3147), 28 (LC-USZ62–100542), 33 (LC-USZC4–10065), fifty one (LC-USZ62–102085), sixty two (LC-USZC4–6784), sixty four (LC-USZ62–91677), sixty nine (LC-USZ62–113356), eighty five (LC-USZ62–112640), ninety four (LC-USZ61–1026), 103 (photo Fred Niblo, LC-DIG-ppmsca-04931), 104 foot (photo John F. Jarvis, LC-USZ62–64854), p. 109 (LC-USZ62–72566), 121 (LC-USZ62–94687), 132 (British comic strip Prints assortment, LC-USZ62–132986), 139 (LC-USZ62–97324), 141 (American Folklife Centre, LC-USZ62–2669), one hundred forty four (photo F. M. Steele, LC-USZ62–55219), a hundred forty five (LC-USZ62–106852), 146 (LC-USZ62–89989), 152 (Frank and Frances chippie assortment, LC-USZ62–99484), 173 (LC-USZ62–51759), 174 foot (LC-USZ62–51781); reproduced courtesy of the Montana Stockgrowers’ organization and the Montana historic Society: p.

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