It’s Cow Appreciation Day – Time To Put On That Cow Costume And Head To Chick-Fil-A – Or You Could Just Hug A Cow [Video]

Once again, Chick-Fil-A is hosting their annual “Cow Appreciation Day” today, which means that anyone who wears a cow costume into one of their stores gets a free Chick-Fil-A entree, according to International Business Times. Yes, that’s right; all you have to do is wear a costume that makes you look like a cow, and you will receive a free entree! The company website even has ideas and pictures of customer cow costumes that have been used in the past, so if you don’t have a costume, you can make your own with one of the ideas on the website.

Although National Cow Appreciation Day is not until Friday, July 15, Chick-Fil-A has decided to celebrate the holiday on Tuesday instead of Friday, which is one of the chain’s busiest days. In the past, Chick-Fil-A has given away full free meals to cow costume wearing customers, but have decided to give away any free entree to customers who wear anything “cowlike.” That means that any Chick-Fil-A guest dressed in cow attire, including cow print clothing, may select any breakfast, lunch or dinner entree. However, kids that come dressed as a cow may select a Kid’s Meal.

The deal for Cow Appreciation Day only lasts till 7:00 p.m. tonight, but that leaves you plenty of time to “moosey” on down to your local Chick-Fil-A and get your free entree! But just remember you have to wear something that is “cowlike” in order to redeem your free entree, and children have to be dressed like cows to get free Kid’s Meals. For a quick costume idea, the website says to just wear a white T-shirt with white pants and stick on black spots made out of construction paper. You can also search the internet for cow costume ideas, and you are all set.

Even though Chick-Fil-A ends their Cow Appreciation Day at 7:00 p.m. tonight, you can still appreciate a cow all week. This Friday is National Cow Appreciation Day, and Holiday Insights suggests you go hug a cow to celebrate. Or you could just take a moment and appreciate this majestic animal for all they provide us with, including milk, cheese, and meat. If you truly want to appreciate a cow, you might even think about giving them a break, and not eating or consuming any products made from cows, then you might appreciate them even more. By the way, that is the whole idea behind Chick-Fil-A’s advertising campaign, which is, don’t eat cows, eat more chicken, or as seen in the tweet below, eat more veggies!

While the origin of the holiday is unknown, other than to get free food at Chick-Fil-A and other restaurants, many animal lovers would prefer that we appreciate them by not eating them at all. In fact, many people believe that cows should be family pets instead of family meals. One reason why people protest using cows for meat is that sometimes the conditions in which cattle are kept are not always humane, and people get upset by how cattle are killed for meat.

The argument that cows make great pets has a lot of merit, and there have been videos of cows as pets that support that argument as well. Also, cows are smarter than people think, but they are not the smartest animal in the barn compared to other animals. As herd animals, they have been belittled because they sometimes mindlessly follow the herd and chew their cuds, but there have been studies that prove cows can solve problems, according to the Animals Australia Secret Lives of Cows website. And from the video below, it seems that cows can also appreciate music!

However you decide to celebrate Cow Appreciation Day, don’t forget to head to Chick-Fil-A to get your free non-cow food!

[Photo by AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth]