MAHA SHIVARATRI - March 07 2016 - AVOID THE USE OF MILK OBTAINED THROUGH VIOLENCE
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MAHA SHIVARATRI - MARCH 07 2016 - MINIMIZE / AVOID THE USE OF MILK (OBTAINED THROUGH VIOLENCE AND EXPLOITATION) FOR RELIGIOUS BATHING OF HINDU DEITIES IN HINDU TEMPLES OF NORTH AMERICA.
This is the voice of many people who would like to save the calves and cows from the cruelty imposed by diary farms. Our enormous demand of milk for various reasons lead to these cruel practices by the diary farms. To stop this cruelty, we need to minimize our demand of milk. Minimizing the amount of milk for abhishekam is one way to protect the animals from cruelty. Please understand this and take some action to reduce the use of milk in your temple.
WHAT CAN THE DEVOTEES DO?
At the minimum, please stay away from sponsoring supermarket milk for the Mahashivaratri event on March 07 2016. For example , try to obtain milk from a nearby Cow Sanctuary or Goshala if it is present. Other options include sponsoring juice , Vibhuti (basma) , coconut water etc. We understand that most of us have a sentiment with milk. But keeping in mind the way milk is being produced by dairy industry, let us respect the emotions of cow and calf and keep our sentiment in the back seat.Please note that all kind of milk (non-organic, organic, farm milk etc ) obtained from supermarket shelves are from sources that involve violence to cows. Watch the video below to see how diary industry operates.
WHAT CAN THE TEMPLE MANAGEMENT DO?
- Request devotees by prior communication to bring other abishekam items (Juice, coconut water, Vibuthi etc) on Mahashivaratri day.
- Temple could collect a monetary donation (say 1 or 2 or 3 USD) from devotees and provide them a pint of milk that was obtained preferably from a nearby Goshala or the temple Goshala itself (if there is one).
WHY SHOULD WE NOT BUY MILK FROM SUPERMARKET?
Milk in the supermarket shelves are sourced from dairy farms or industry where the following procedures (cruel, insensitive and violent) are being practiced:
Female cows are strapped to a rack and inseminated with semen stored in a massive syringe. There are 9 million dairy cows in the United States. Nearly every one of them suffers immensely from the results of this experience. Because the cow’s milk has been reserved for human consumption, the calf is forcibly removed from the mother soon (and sometimes immediately) after birth.
The mother’s offspring, depending on sex, will face one of two fates. Male dairy calves become “veal calves.” Some of them are slaughtered while only a few days old, others within a few months–it all depends on the kind of meat desired by the market. The female dairy calves, for their part, follow in their mothers’ footsteps. They’re fattened and prepared for impregnation at the age of fourteen months.
The normal lifespan of a female cow is around 20 years old. The typical dairy cow, who goes through several rounds of forced impregnations, experiences a drop in milk production after five years. Dairy cows not only routinely develop mastitis, but they enter the gates of the abattoir (Slaughter house) somewhere between the ages of 5-7.
Courtesy :James McWilliams, Professor of History at Texas State University
Keeping all the above points in reference, it is very clear that the gallons of milk we buy from the supermarket shelf are products of exploitation and violence.
RELIGIOUS BATHING OF HINDU DEITIES WITH MILK SHOULD BE DONE WITH MILK OBTAINED FROM A GOSHALA (COW SANCTUARY or FARM).
SOME TEMPLES HAVE ALREADY STARTED THEIR OWN GOSHALA to procure milk for their temple or have turned towards existing Goshalas to procure milk. For other temples to follow the same footsteps, the DEVOTEES should minimize buying or sponsoring milk that are bought from the supermarket.
Sri Guruvayoorppan Temple in Morganville,NJ, SVBF temple in Stroudsburg, PA, SBAT temple in Ijamsville, MD have their own Goshala. Sri Krishna Vrundavana Temple in Edison, NJ takes special care in procuring milk only from local farms which do not exploit their cows and calves. Sri Rajaganapathi Temple in Swedesboro NJ, encourages their devotees to donate few dollars instead of bringing milk.
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