‘Cow kiss challenge’: Austria tells people to shun charity dare | World news | The Guardian

The Austrian government has warned internet users to shun an online cow-kissing challenge, calling it a dangerous nuisance.

A Swiss app called Castl launched the KuhKussChallenge (“Cow Kiss Challenge”) on Wednesday, encouraging users in Switzerland and other German-speaking countries to kiss cows – “with or without tongues” – to raise money for charity.

The Austrian agriculture minister, Elisabeth Köstinger, said in a statement on Thursday: “Pastures and meadows are not petting zoos – actions like these could have serious consequences.” She also warned that cows could become aggressive when defending their calves.

Balancing the activities of tourists and cattle farmers is a sensitive topic in Austria’s mountain regions, with both being key pillars of the region’s economy. Hiking Austria

In February, a court in the Tyrol region caused uproar after ordering a farmer to pay €490,000 (£427,000) in compensation to the widower of a woman who was trampled to death by a herd of his cows in 2014.

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