If you’ve seen pictures of cows with holes in them floating around the Internet recently and you’re wondering what is going on, you’re not the only one.
Researchers have recently opened large 8-inch holes in 14 cows on a farm in Switzerland and animal lovers and animal rights activists alike are not very happy about it, despite the fact that farmers are assuring the world that the cows feel no pain whatsoever during the bizarre procedure.
The holes are cannula openings, which allow researchers to see right into a cow’s digestive tract to monitor and observe how they process food.
The research even has a name and it is called fistulization, or, cannulation.
Fistulization is the process used to surgically create a fistula. A fistula is “an abnormal passage that leads from an abscess or hollow organ or part to the body surface or from one hollow organ or part to another and that may be surgically created to permit passage of fluids or secretions.”
What does that mean, exactly? Basically, it means that a hole, or opening, is created in a cow’s side which allows researchers to have direct access to a cow’s stomach.
This allows researchers to monitor and observe a cow’s stomach and digestive system.
The cows used in these procedures are also called cannulated cows, which refers to cows that have cannulas surgically fitted into them.
The cows are given a diet of oats and grass after they are cannulated, and researchers use the information they gather to build a healthier, more balanced diet for cows.
The holes are filled with a cannula, which is a type of tube that can be inserted into a body. They are plugged with rubber stoppers when not in use.
When a cannula is placed in the cow, farmers let them graze for a set period of time. When they are examined, farmers remove the plug from the cannula and pull the mixture of grass and oats from their stomachs.
The material is tested, and the results show farmers what food gives the livestock the best results, depending on how much or how little is digested.
Researchers are also claiming that the entire process may help improve cows’ energy efficiency, which lowers the amounts of methane they produce, thus helping the environment.
Despite protests from animal rights activists around the world, farmers are claiming that this research allows them to better understand the way cows eat and digest, and also gives farmers the chance to determine the right feed for their animals.
When a cow is going through the process of cannulation, a rubber coil is first inserted into the opening. This is done so that the wound in the cow’s side does not increase in size.
A six-inch hole is then cut out of the cow, allowing a researcher or farmer to insert their hand directly into the opening, which leads to the cow’s stomach.
Animal rights activists around the world are outraged and disturbed by the entire process. They say that what these researchers and farmers are doing is barbaric.
Activists also state that the mere fact that researchers are drilling holes into living animals is cruel and absurd. People around the world opposing this practice are also saying that the research being done is not benefiting science, but is simply benefiting farmers.
“While some claim that this transfer can improve the health of cows, the procedure seems mostly to benefit the meat and dairy industries’ bottom lines—optimizing food and digestion for animals who will ultimately be exploited and slaughtered,” PETA wrote on their website.
Researchers claim that cows are anaesthetised during the entire procedure, and reportedly do not experience any type of pain when they are being examined.