As milk is today produced by causing violence to the cow should devotees take such milk?

by Chaitanya CharanJanuary 16, 2013

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  • Yajnavalkya dasa
    August 26, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Very good podcast, thank you.

    The violence in the modern dairy industry is not just towards the cow, but to her calves.

    Here in the United States (and probably most everywhere else), purchasing commercial milk supports and subsidizes the veal industry. The “logic” is that if every calf born from a dairy cow is allowed to live, there would be too many cows, and prices would plummet. So most calves, as soon as they are born, are killed outright; others are locked in cramped crates to become veal; a few “lucky” ones are allowed to grow to adulthood to start the cycle all over again.

    Srila Prabhupada wanted farm communities established to provide the urban temples with milk and other foodstuffs. After nearly 50 years since Srila Prabhupada started ISKCON, only a few farm communities have been established.

    So it is almost impossible to find milk from protected cows. One can find “organic milk” or “pasture fed milk”, but the cruelty to the calves and cows is still there.

    Cows are very, very dear to Sri Krishna. Knowing this, I believe it is unconscionable to support the modern milk industry, and it is important to acquire milk only from protected cows.

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