Watch Out for the Noise-It can Hurt Animals!
Before you turn up the volume of your music, you need to be aware that it might disturb your neighbors. And it might terrify your neighbors’ pets.
A recent study at University of California, Davis, finds that even common noises, such as a pressure cooker or microwave, can trigger a dog’s anxiety. According to the study, which was published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, high-frequency, intermittent noises are more likely to bother dogs than low-frequency, continuous noise.
Of course, if dogs get stressed by noises, so do other animals. Just ask Ranjit Parida, a 22-year-old poultry farmer in Balasore, Odisha, who recently filed a police complaint against his neighbor Ramachandra Parida for the loud music that a DJ had played during a wedding procession.
According to an India Today report, Ranjit alleges that the music caused 63 of his chickens to die of shock. The two parties eventually resolved the case amicably at the local police station, but Ramachandra nevertheless ridiculed the allegations, saying, “When lakhs of chickens are transported on the road on daily basis amid blaring horns, how is it possible that the birds in his farm died due to DJ music?”
That’s a good question. Perhaps the chickens didn’t like the DJ’s taste in music.
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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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