Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sacred Cows Dream of Field Roast

I've been thinking of cows recently. Sruti Mohandas, a 23 year old student from Madras, India is staying with us for the summer. Last night we were discussing how Hindus in India view cows as sacred. I think that is so terrifically cool. What a proud consciousness hath come from India!

Have you ever looked into the eyes of a cow? They are so lovely, peaceful and compassionate. It's ironic that such an untroubled, serene animal has been subjected to such violence and furry.

I was reading some vegan blogs the other with a title "Cheese; The Slayer of Vegans", which is so true. Many of us with European origins crave cheese to the extent that we park our compassion at the curb when confronted with a creamy slice of pizza.

So...what if your milk came from a cow that wasn't slaughtered after it's milk giving days were over....allowed to live out it's days in peace and tranquility?


Blogger Ethical Pizza said...

It would still mean that you'd support the veal industry and exploit the cow's body. In order to give milk, cows have to be pregnant and give birth continually. Then, once the calf is born, you don't want him to have the milk (as you want it instead). So the calf goes in the veal crate and then to the slaughterhouse.

BTW, India is one of the largest slaughterers of cows, as many Indians have no problems shipping their cows over the border for slaughter, where it is legal. As long as it's not them killing the animals, their karma is unblemished, I guess.

Sadly, all animal agriculture is rooted in exploitation, torture, and death.

11:19 AM  
Blogger FRavid said...

Thanks for your response. I figured I might get an answer. I'm sure there are many Indians who embody a strong spirit of compassion.....and probably more that might not.

1:20 PM  
Blogger sruti said...

This is an excerpt from an article on the Time magazine, from India:

"New Delhi–based Energy Research Institute (TERI), are working on methane-capture strategies. One long-running project has been biogas production — cow dung utilized to make biogas for use in kitchens, and even compressed biogas for use in vehicles. "Biogas plants have been very successful," says R.K. Rajeshwari, a fellow at TERI. "Farmers are able to use biogas in their kitchens, to light lamps and to even drive vehicles." Such projects, she says, have been particularly successful at gaushalas, cow shelters supported by donations from the devout and by government grants, of which there are 4,000 across India. Most gaushalas are for abandoned, dry and aged cattle, of which there are many, since killing cows is illegal in all but two states (the communist-ruled West Bengal and Kerala). "This way they are put to some use at least," says Rajeshwari. "And by replacing conventional sources of energy, they help prevent global warming."

Like every other country, India does have illegal trading of meat to the West, but it is considered against the tradition that still exists.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Ester's Feathers said...

'violence and FURY', not furry.

2:03 PM  
Blogger FRavid said...

Thanks Ester....there is a big difference between "Furry" and "Fury"'s amazing what an extra "r" can do!

8:52 AM  
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