Cow Plea,Is Nothing Sacred?

Mahatma Gandhi believed that a nation could be judged by the way it treats its animals. If that yardstick were applied to his own country today, India would be in the doghouse. Hindus venerate many of God's creatures, and the cow is considered especially sacred. But the international animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has exposed horrendous cruelty to India's cows as they are transported, illegally, to slaughter houses. Many arrive dead or badly injured after long and torturous journeys in trains and trucks or on foot. "It is Dante's Inferno for cows and bullocks," says PETA president Ingrid Newkirk.


Cruelty is real, whatever one might think of it.


P.E.T.A. has documented the unethical treatment of cattle in India substantially. The organization's list of ways in which cattle are subjected to inhumane conditions includes (and I quote here from P.E.T.A.'s own statements)

  • Cows and buffaloes are forced to trudge hundreds of miles without food or water and with little rest.
  • Animals are beaten mercilessly and driven forward in the searing Indian heat.
  • Their tails are broken deliberately, and tobacco and chili peppers are rubbed into their eyes in order to drive them on or force them to stand up when they collapse.
  • Their hooves are often bleeding and worn down to stumps.
  • When transported by truck, cattle suffer unimaginably because of terrible overcrowding. Crammed on top of each other in the trucks, the cows trample one another, unable to avoid suffocating each other and gouging and blinding each other with their horns.
  • When they are unloaded, the cows who can still stand are pulled or forced to jump from the high truck beds, often breaking legs and pelvises.
  • Those who have collapsed are dragged from the trucks and left lying where other cows are unloaded on top of them. Once inside the slaughterhouse, their legs hacked off or they are skinned while still alive.

Some of these can be dismissed as merely being reflective of differences in the quality of life in India and the west. Dirt roads, searing heat, bumpy and unsafe trucks, overcrowding during transportation, these are not things that the average Indian would consider extremes, even if s/he were to acknowledge the difficulties they impose. Other behavior is not so easily dismissed - deliberate cruelty in the presence of obvious and humane alternatives is inexcusable.


The roots of the problem


  • Culture: Cows are held in higher regard than other animals in India. Some consider them holy, and deserving of protection not only from cruelty, but from activities which would be considered routine in the west, such as slaughter for consumption and manufacture of leather goods. However, there are also communities in India which have traditionally practised the slaughter of cows, and trade in goods made from animal parts. The two facets are essentially at odds. Laws enacted in various Indian states reflect a variety of opinions, and cattle slaughter is permissible in some and not in others. This means that cattle that are set for slaughter must be transported from places where they are to the states where cow slaughter is permitted. One of P.E.T.A.'s principal claims is that such transportation often subjects the animals to torture and mindless cruelty.
  • Poverty: The reality of life in the nation with the largest number of poor people in the world is that exploitation is rampant. Animal cruelty is not something that Indians are any more tolerant of than others on this planet. But the alternatives to established ways of life are certainly difficult to grasp, and often must be embarked upon at some risk. Anyone who has lived in India understands this instinctively. Even many who have not are able to sympathize with the plight of those who participate in animal cruelty with little choice. Equally well known is that businesses and government in India are wont to circumvent even minimal standards. Corruption and crime are never far from the poor, for their disadvantaged position permits abuse by those who control their lives.


The Importance of the Cow and Bull


The people of our times have forgotten that the Cow is the most important animal for human society. The Bull is the emblem of Dharma and cow is the representative of the Earth. When the Bull and Cow are in a joyful mood, it is to be understood that the people of the world will also be in a joyful mood. The reason is that the Bull helps in production of grains in the agricultural field, and the Cow delivers milk, the miracle food which can be further converted into curd, yogurt, butter and ghee. Milking a Cow means drawing the principle of religion in liquid form. Cow’s milk is so pure that it is considered liquid religiosity. So in scriptures Cow is considered to one of our MOTHERS. The Cows give milk and the Bull gives grains through tilling the land, they are considered the MOTHER and the FATHER of human society. Both the Cow and Bull are symbols of the most offenceless living beings because even their dung and urine are of IMMENSE VALUE (medicinal, fuel, etc.) to human society.


Our Responsibility


Human society must, therefore, maintain these two animals carefully. But, unfortunately, both are being slaughtered in large numbers, in India itself it is 60,000 per day and in U.S. on weekends it is 1, 59,500 according to recent statistics. These greatly sinful acts are responsible for so many troubles in present society. To kill cows means to end human civilization. People do not know what harm they are doing in the name of economic development. They do not realize that only by seeing that bulls and cows are happy in all respects, human society can be happy. This is a FACT by the LAWS OF NATURE.