When the Cows Go Marching In

Published by PETA.

Chances are that by now, you’ve seen the red-hot viral video of the Utah jazz band New Hot 5 playing music to entertain a herd of cows while on a trip to France. If, like me, you’ve always thought that “The Utah Jazz” was a strange name for an NBA team, the charming sight of these cows gathering to listen to “When the Saints Go Marching In” might change your mind.

Inspired by the band’s act of kindness to these arts-loving animals too often viewed merely as raw materials for hamburgers, PETA came up with five hot new reasons to make music for cows instead of eating them:

  1. Unlike the chattering, smoking, drink-swilling crowds at nightclub gigs, cows really pay attention when you play for them.
  2. Cows know where to find the best grass—for grazing, that is. (What did you think we meant?)
  3. Cows never shout out requests for “Freebird” (although chickens might).
  4. Music is good for your heart, while meat is a disaster for your cardiovascular health.
  5. Cows will never approach you after a show and try to slip you a demo tape by their cover band, “The Moo Fighters.”

Sounds like it’s time to dust off the old saxophone. But while PETA can’t help you master chord progressions, you’ll find plenty of help here to kick the meat habit for good!


Written by Jeff Mackey

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind