A Swiss farmer ordered by a court in Zurich to remove his cows' noisy cowbells each night has lost his a peal, er, appeal. The verdict should satisfy neighbors who brought the suit complaining the constant clanging was keeping them up at night.
As elaborated by the French-language news website 20 Minutes, farmer Manuel Zwischenbrugger must remove the bell from any cow located closer than 200 meters (656 ft) from a house between the hours of 10pm and 7am. Zwischenbrugger, who lives and farms in Zurich Oberland, had appealed the August 2015 decision of a court to bar his use of cowbells at night.
Zwischenbrugger owns 27 cows, which would collectively make one heck of a racket if they were all wearing their bells. The aggrieved neighbors live in a small hamlet adjoining the farmer's pasture and had been petitioning for the removal of the cowbells for about five years. That's a lot of lost sleep, and it's doubtful drinking a glass of warm milk before bedtime would help.
The court's decision was far from arbitrary: they actually sent inspectors to Zurich Oberland to measure the extent of the acoustic pollution. The inspectors determined that even at a distance of 80 meters (262 ft), residents were exposed to loud noise from the clanging cowbells.
Zwischenbrugger may have lost this appeal but unfortunately for his neighbors, he's not about to go quiet – or go quietly. “We are ready to take it to the supreme court,” stated the farmer's lawyer defiantly. “If my client eventually loses we will know that the farming world no longer counts for much in this country.” One might say, he's got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell, not less! (via The Local)