Next they’ll be banning yodelling. In a ringing blow to Alpine tradition, an Austrian court on Tuesday banned cowbells from a field after residents complained they weren’t get any sleep at night because of the endess clanging.
The owner of the cows had refused to remove the bells from his herd, arguing that they were traditional and had a generally calming effect.
But judge Erich Kundegraber visited the field near Stallhofen, a small town in the southeastern foothills of the Alps, population 3,000, and ruled in favor of the farmer’s neighbors.
“They couldn’t sleep anymore. They were at the end of their tether,” he said, according to Austrian newspapers. Kundegraber could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
The cows were free to roam the field at night and the noise was reportedly made worse by the scraping of their bells against a metal trough.
I thought you could never have too much cowbell…