The town of Garmisch in Bavaria (Germany) is located near the mountain “Zugspitze”, at 2,962 m the highest mountain in Germany.
The city consists of two places, the second is Partenkirchen, and both were united in 1935.
Garmisch is considered a more elegant district, Partenkirchen (with its cobblestone streets) exudes a traditional Bavarian ambiance.
This district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is planning to protect the cultural landscape there as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
That wouldn’t be bad either, because it is a beautiful natural area, one of the few still existing in Germany, which is endowed with wild natural beauty.
In this context, the “tethering” of cattle should also be classified as a cultural asset worthy of protection.
Animal Rights Watch sees it as an attempt to misuse the title “World Heritage Site” to legitimize traditional cruelty to animals.
Nationwide, around 1 million cows live in what is known as “tethered”. Every fourth cow in the dairy industry is affected, most of them in smaller farms – even with organic labels.
In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, more than 50 percent of all cows in the dairy industry are “tied up”.
The affected animals are tied to the neck with a short chain, rope, or iron rod.
The remaining freedom of movement is just enough for the cows to lie down and get up again. For months they stand practically motionless in one place without the slightest change.
This immobility not only makes natural movement and social behavior of the animals impossible, but they are also susceptible to disease and very often neglect outwardly.
The so-called “tethering” clearly contradicts the German Animal Welfare Act,(which is supposed to be the best in the EU area) it is unspeakable cruelty to animals and not a cultural achievement that should be protected.
An award as a world cultural heritage would put this cruelty to animals in a positive light and thus make future plans of the legislature more difficult.
In the service of the milk lobby, the world cultural heritage application from Garmisch-Partenkirchen is now trying to delay the end of tethering for as long as possible at the expense of the animals.
On January 21st we (Animal Rights Wach) pointed out that the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen cites the motionless shackling of cattle, the so-called “tethering”, as part of its World Heritage application.
After numerous media took up this topic, most recently the industry magazine “top agrar”, the term “tethering” has suddenly disappeared from the text.
A success? No! because nothing has changed in terms of content.
Where in the original text the “preservation of the combination husbandry of livestock (tethering with grazing)” is mentioned as a key question, in the new version it is the “preservation of the combination husbandry of livestock with grazing”.
That sounds better, but it means exactly the same thing.
Because “combination posture” is nothing more than “tethered posture” with occasional free running.
And as a cruel practice, this has still not lost anything in a process of recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You can write a protest letter or an objection against this project to the district administrator of Garmisch-Partenkirchen Peter Strohwasser until May 31, 2021
His e-mail address: (email@example.com).
And I mean…In Bavaria over 190,000 animals are tethered all year round – without any grazing. Also in other EU countries, e.g. B. in Austria, Poland, Spain, the type of housing is still widespread.
All efforts to ban it have so far failed. As early as 2016, the Federal Council classified the year-round “connection” as a violation of animal welfare. A ban failed at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
I have prepared a letter for the district administrator of Garmisch-Partenkirchen Peter Strohwasser.
For the Germans is the German text.
But if non-Germans also want to protest against this project, the translation follows, anyone can copy and send it.
(German) Sehr geehrter Herr Strohwasser,
Anbindehaltung hat weder mit Kultur noch mit Tierwohl etwas zu tun!
Mit dem von Ihnen erstellten Anspruch, diese überholte und qualvolle Tierhaltung als schützenwertes Kulturerbe einzustufen, zeigen Sie wie primitiv und empathielos Menschen Mitten in Europa am 21. Jahrhundert sein können.
Ihr Vorhaben, die Anbindehaltung als schützenwertes Kulturerbe anerkennen zu wollen, kann gebildete Menschen nur anwidern und abschrecken und verstoßt gegen jede Ethik moderner zivilisierter Länder und Gesellschaften.
Damit würde die Gemeinde nur beweisen, dass sie bildungstechnisch ganz hinten angesiedelt ist.
Ob ganzjährig oder nicht, ob erlaubt oder verboten: Die „Anbindehaltung“ zählt zu den leidvollsten Praktiken der Milchindustrie, und Sie wissen es.
Ihr weltgewandtes Garmisch-Partenkirchen, mit noch unberührtem und prachtvollem Naturleben, eignet sich am besten für eine artgerechte, leidfreie Tier Haltung, die auch die Mehrheit der zahlreichen Besucher und Touristen zweifelsohne befürworten würden, denn die meisten Menschen, wie wir erfreulicherweise erkennen können, verabscheuen diese widerliche und archaische Tierhaltungsform. Auch diejenigen, die selbst tierische Produkte konsumieren.
Stehen Sie bitte auf der richtigen Seite und erstreben Sie die Abschaffung der Anbindehaltung, statt diesen Folter auch noch als schützenwertes zu bewerben.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
(english) Dear Mr. Strohwasser,
Tethering has nothing to do with culture or animal welfare!
With your claim to classify this outdated and agonizing animal husbandry as a cultural heritage worthy of protection, you show how primitive and empathy people can be in the middle of Europe in the 21st century.
Their intention to recognize the tethering as a cultural heritage worthy of protection can only disgust and deter educated people and offends against all ethics of modern civilized countries and societies.
This would only prove the community that it is at the very bottom in terms of education.
Year-round or not, allowed or prohibited: “tethering” is one of the most painful practices in the dairy industry, and you know it.
Your cosmopolitan Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with still untouched and magnificent natural life, is best suited for a species-appropriate, suffering-free animal husbandry, which the majority of the numerous visitors and tourists would undoubtedly support, because most people, as we happily can see, abhor this disgusting and archaic form of animal husbandry. Even those who consume animal products themselves.
Please stand on the right side and strive for the abolition of tethering, instead of promoting this torture as something worth protecting.
With best regards
My best regards to all, Venus