"Dangerous Nuisance": Austria Warns Towards Cow-Kissing Problem

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A Swiss app referred to as Castl launched the #KuhKussChallenge (“Cow Kiss Challenge”) on Wednesday, encouraging customers in Switzerland and different German-speaking international locations to kiss cows — “with or without tongues”.

A Swiss app referred to as Castl launched the #KuhKussChallenge (“Cow Kiss Challenge”) on Wednesday, encouraging customers in Switzerland and different German-speaking international locations to kiss cows — “with or without tongues” — to lift cash for charity.

The Austrian authorities Thursday warned web customers to shun a web based cow-kissing problem, calling it a “dangerous nuisance”.

However Austrian Agriculture Minister Elisabeth Koestinger branded the problem a “dangerous nuisance” in a press release on Thursday.

Balancing the actions of vacationers and cattle farmers is a delicate matter in Austria’s mountain areas, with each being key pillars of the area’s financial system.

“Pastures and meadows are not petting zoos — actions like these could have serious consequences,” she added, stating that cows may turn out to be aggressive when defending their calves.

In February, a courtroom within the Tyrol area brought on uproar after ordering a farmer to pay 490,000 euros ($555,000) in compensation to the widower of a girl who was trampled to demise by a herd of his cows in 2014.

The federal government has tried to stop such incidents by publishing a “code of conduct” for mountain walkers and hikers, advising them to keep away from herds of cows wherever attainable.

The farmer is interesting the decision and is being supported by Austria’s farmers’ federation, which has warned of the “end of our mountain pastures” if the decision is allowed to face.

“Actions like this challenge fly in the face of our efforts to promote co-existence on the pastures. I simply can’t understand it,” mentioned Koestinger.