No More Cowbell: Austria Court Bans Noisy Clangers

Judge sympathizes with neighbors losing sleep

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 18, 2012 4:26 PM CDT

(Newser) More cowbell is no longer an option in a small Austrian town. A judge has ordered a farmer near the small town of Stallhofen to remove the noisy apparatuses from his cattle because neighbors were losing sleep, reports Der Spiegel. The farmer had refused their pleas, claiming the bells were not only part of Alpine tradition but that they calmed the cows. The judge visited to hear for himself—and now the farmer will be fined if he doesn't comply. ("Next they'll be banning yodeling," complains the Der Spiegel report.)

A cowbell-wearing cow.
A cowbell-wearing cow.   (Shutterstock)
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