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
Judge Orders Farmer to Ditch Noisy Cowbells
A cowbell-wearing cow.   (Shutterstock)

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.)

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