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Published July 17 2012

Austrian court bans noisy cowbells

VIENNA — An Austrian court has banned cows from wearing cowbells in a field where they were disturbing the night peace, according to a ruling pub-lished Tuesday.

The judge, in the state of Styria, argued that there was no reason for the cows to wear bells as they were in an enclosed field — not an alpine pasture.

Neighbors had gone to court because they were kept awake by the sound of the cows moving at night and eating from a metal feeding trough.

Cowbells are fitted to freely roaming cows so that they can be found again if they wander off from the herd.