Tying or Tethering Animal
Cows and Bullocks are social animals and are most comfortable when they move and socialize with herd mates. Large number of farmers are tying or tethering animal with a short leash. In such a situation, animal can’t sit comfortably for rumination and it can’t rest lying down. A cow for good health and better milk production should ruminate for at least 6-8 hours and rest for around 12 hours. Every cow has a different comfort position to sit and rest which she can’t follow if the cow is tied for major part of the day. In order to give clean milk cow must sit and lie on clean floor free from soiling of the body. When a cow is tied, it is forced to defecate and urinate on the spot and then is forced to sit on this shit. This is a major cause of udder and uterine infections seen in cows that are tied on cement concrete floor.
Tethering is permitted only if animal has to be given an area for grazing and for this recommended leash length is 9 meters. But tying or tethering animal even for two hours leads to high stress levels hence not advised.