Milk from Protected Cows — 2019
[Guideline] (Proposed by Hrdaya Caitanya Das, sponsored by him and Devamrita Swami)

Whereas the current commercial dairy systems of the world in which the older cows, practically all bulls, young and old, and most female calves are slaughtered is thoroughly condemned and

Whereas Srila Prabhupada wrote in this regard: “These greatly sinful acts are responsible for all the troubles in present society.” (SB 1.17.3 Purport);

Whereas ISKCON is established for more than 50 years and has matured to a stage where it is possible to establish alternative supplies of “ahimsa milk” or dairy from farms where all cows and bulls are protected for life;

Whereas ISKCON’s 6th purpose is “to bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler and more natural way of life”;

Whereas Srila Prabhupada desired that urban ISKCON centers should be connected to rural ISKCON farming communities where devotees would produce food and milk to supply the urban centers;

Whereas Srila Prabhupada stated that we should keep the cows very happy and without fear and they will produce double quantity of milk;

Whereas several ISKCON projects have demonstrated the feasibility of supplying ahimsa milk;

Whereas ISKCON’s Ministry for Agriculture and Cow Protection is prepared to support the development of ahimsa dairy;

Whereas in ISKCON many installed Deities do not get milk from slaughter-free cows;

Whereas continuing ISKCON’s indirect support of the cow slaughter industry by consuming dairy from this industry, if based solely on financial reasons, calls into question the sincerity of ISKCON’s commitment to cow protection:

By Janmastami 2022 all ISKCON centers should develop a plan whereby all milk and milk products — butter, ghee, yogurt etc. — offered to the deities are procured from protected cows. The centers may approach the International Ministry of Cow Protection for assistance.

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