Stop the use of Dairy in our Jain Temples!!!
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As you may know, the Jain Center of Los Angeles does not allow dairy in the temple due to the incredible suffering animals go through in order to produce dairy products. Will your center be next?
Sign this petition if you agree that all Jain centers should be dairy free.
Let’s face it, today’s world full of factory farming and mass commercialization is not the same as it was in the days of Lord Mahavir. Whether you are using Amul ghee or Land Lakes, the butter was obtained in a way that was extremely painful to a 5-sense cow or water buffalo. Even if you get the butter from an “ahimsa” dairy farm, you are promoting violence and pain because the baby cow is eventually slaughtered. Cows remain enslaved on all dairy farms. Even when they can roam free in pastures, they must return to the farmer and supply a steady flow of milk. Their female organs are tampered with and often become bloody and infected. This is not the biggest atrocity the female cow faces in her life. In order to continuously supply milk, the cow is artificially impregnated (using a sharp gun) two months after giving birth. Her only peaceful time is during the nine-month term of her 1st pregnancy. As soon as the baby is delivered, it is taken away from her and either follows her footsteps and becomes a dairy cow or is sent to the veal factory where it is slaughtered at 6 months. The dairy cow is completely aware of what is happening and on numerous occasions, cries and cries for days. There are multiple YouTube videos showing her running after the truck that took her baby.
I know this is terribly hard to hear…but it is the truth and we Jains have a duty to embrace the right knowledge. There are many young Jains who grow up and look back with anger upon the Jain community for not telling them the truth about dairy.
Again, all of our rituals can all be replaced with almond oil or coconut oil. It is not possible to ask for forgiveness during times like Paryushana while simultaneously incurring pap/sins.
Of all the audiences that hear the argument against dairy, the Jain center should be the most welcoming because we stand for ahimsa.
Please urge your respective executive committee to make your center a leader.
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