Cruelty free prasad
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For Hindu’s the cow is considered to be sacred and according to scriptures is an embodiment of the divine feminine and the primordial mother, essentially the ‘sacredness’ is a derivative of produce; milk, yoghurt, ghee and butter used in almost every Hindu prayer and cultural custom. With gallons of milk being poured over shivlings and offered in different forms for havan’s and prasad, that we all partake in consuming.
‘Ahinsa’, is a term that means to do no harm, it is an important pillar of ancient Indian religion’s and is related to the exercise of empathy.
However, in today’s world the cow has become a milk producing machine, she is stripped of life and continuously abused.
Cows Suffer on Dairy Farms
1. Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do—to nourish their young—but calves on dairy farms are taken away from their mothers when they are just 1 day old. They are fed milk replacers (including cattle blood) so that their mothers’ milk can be sold to humans.
2. Female cows are artificially inseminated shortly after their first birthdays. After giving birth, they lactate for 10 months and are then inseminated again, continuing the cycle. Some spend their entire lives standing on concrete floors; others are confined to massive, crowded lots, where they are forced to live amid their own feces.
3. Cows have a natural lifespan of about 20 years and can produce milk for eight or nine years. However, the stress caused by the conditions on factory farms leads to disease, lameness, and reproductive problems that render cows worthless to the dairy industry by the time that they’re 4 or 5 years old, at which time they are sent to be slaughtered.
4. Cows are also fed unnatural, high-protein diets—which include dead chickens, pigs, and other animals—because their natural diet of grass would not provide the nutrients that they need to produce such massive amounts of milk.
5. Painful inflammation of the mammary glands, or mastitis, is common among cows raised for their milk, and it is one of dairy farms’ most frequently cited reasons for sending cows to slaughter
If you drink commercial milk, you’re subsidizing the veal industry. While female calves are slaughtered or kept alive to produce milk, male calves are often taken away from their mothers when they are as young as 1 day old to be chained in tiny stalls for three to 18 weeks and raised for veal. Calves raised for veal are fed a milk substitute that is designed to make them gain at least 2 pounds per day, and their diet is purposely low in iron so that their flesh stays pale as a result of anaemia. In addition to suffering from diarrhoea, pneumonia, and lameness, calves raised for veal are terrified and desperate for their mothers.
So then why are temples across the world accepting commercial dairy when this is tainted with the violence against the all- giving mother?
We can choose active alternatives.
We understand that abstaining from dairy for prasad is very difficult given our religous and cultural history with cows and dairy products, yet, it is undeniable that we are partaking in violence againt cows for dairy that is used in prasad and offerings to the deities.
The solution is very simple.
- We must encourage our local mandir's and gurudwara's to use ONLY a locally produced and cruelty-free source of dairy for prasad and reduce wastage
Please visit PETA.org for more information on this case.
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