By Hannah Velten
From the milk we drink within the morning, to the leather-based footwear we slip on for the day, to the steak we relish at dinner, our day-by-day lives are completely sure up with cows. but there's a way more advanced tale at the back of this likely benign creature, which Hannah Velten explores the following, plumbing the wealthy trove of fantasy, truth, and legend surrounding those familar animals.
From the plowing box to the rodeo to the temple, Velten tracks the always altering social dating among guy and farm animals, starting with the domestication of aurochs round 9000 BCE. From there, Cow launches right into a interesting tale of spiritual fanaticism, medical exploits, and the industrial changes engendered through 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 some of the most sacred participants of the animal country, whereas pork is a prized staple of the yank vitamin. inspiration scary and informative, Cow restores this oft-overlooked animal to the the Aristocracy it richly merits.
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