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Calcutta has the largest leather processing unit in India. West Bengal and Kerala are the only States in India where cow slaughter is legal. These cows are brought in, several times a week, sometimes more than 40 wagonloads full, ostensibly for milk. The milk-men milk the cows for a few months; the cows are then sold to leather merchants and a fresh lot of mother cows is brought in from Punjab.
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Although preventing suffering of cows is undoubtedly a very worthy cause which should be a concern for every devotee, I am surprised to see this article printed on Chakra. Srila Prabhupada stressed the importance of offering milk and milk products to Krishna and honoring the resulting prasad. The goal should not be to become vegans, but to endeavor to protect cows as part of our service to Krishna.
Most of us wish to be compassionate individuals, and some of us, as part of our goal to be compassionate eat only vegetarian foods. Many people who are vegetarian feel quite comfortable eating dairy products since they believe there is no killing of an animal and assume that there is no cruelty involved in obtaining such animal products, as milk, cheese, yogurt, and ghee. Is this indeed true? A speaker at the Hari Om Temple suggested that there is great suffering associated with milk and other dairy products.
On a Mountain Road in India
A Poem by Ingrid Newkirk - Founder of PETA
That head weighs as much as your whole body. Whatever you do, beware of those horns!
Mouth Disease Endangers ISKCON Cows in
India - (March 8, 2001): A recent
outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease is
threatening ISKCON cows in the United
Kingdom. Bhaktivedanta Manor, ISKCON's
European Headquarters, presently has
about 30 cows and bulls who may become
infected with the disease if proper
precautions are not taken.
© CHAKRA 10 March 2001
Self Reliant Cow Protection
By Madhava Gosh
with interest Garuda's article on Self
Sufficient Cow Protection. I am happy
seeing the topic discussed, even more so
by someone making a serious attempt to
reconnect with the Earth. I am moved to
respond and will address aspects of 4
topics in this reply - cow protection,
self sufficiency, mules versus oxen from
the perspective of draft animals, and
mules versus oxen from the perspective
of cow protection.
© CHAKRA 30 January 2001
Call for GBC Cow Protection Reports
even though it was they who enacted
ISKCON's Minimum Cow Protection
Standards into law, the GBC have been
overwhelmingly negligent in carrying out
their important duty of meeting with
cowherds and submitting cow protection
reports. In July 2000, the Ministry of
Cow Protection and Agriculture sent
requests to all GBC and known monitors
for cow protection reports. Since then
it has sent numerous additional private
requests for reports. The response has
been negligible. At this point only
Pennsylvania's ISKCON Gita-nagari farm
is current with all the required
quarterly Cow Protection Reports.
© CHAKRA 24-January-2001
protection in ISKCON has taken many
forms over the life of movement. Today
we are stuck in a simple cow retirement
program where there are large donations
being generated from city dwelling
devotees to pay for hay and grain to
feed the cows, and tractors are being
used to do any serious work needed to be
done on the Krishna farms. (I am mainly
speaking of North America).
© CHAKRA 11-January-2001
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