January 27, 1999 VNN2921
Minimum Cow Protection Standards
BY BALABHADRA DAS
USA, Jan 27 (VNN) ISKCON Ministry of Cow Protection and Agriculture proposed: MINIMUM COW PROTECTION STANDARDS
THE COWS ARE AS IMPORTANT AS THE CITIZENS
Krsna Book, Volume 1, Chapter 5
"It is also significant that Vasudeva inquired about the welfare of Nanda Maharaja's animals. The animals, and especially the cows, were protected exactly in the manner of one's children. Vasudeva was a ksatriya, and Nanda Maharaja was a vaisya. It is the duty of the ksatriya to give protection to the citizens of mankind, and it is the duty of the vaisya to give protection to the cows. The cows are as important as the citizens. Just as the human citizens should be given all kinds of protection, so the cows also should be given full protection."
BRAHMINICAL CULTURE CANNOT BE MAINTAINED WITHOUT COW PROTECTION
Srimad-Bhagavatam Canto 8: Chapter 24, Text 5 Purport
"Without protection of cows, brahminical culture cannot be maintained; and without brahminical culture, the aim of life cannot be fulfilled."
In cooperation with a worldwide committee of cowherds, The Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture has formulated "The Minimum Cow Protection Standards" for ISKCON to be presented at the 1999 Mayapur GBC meeting. The purpose of this proposal is to institute a worldwide cow protection minimum standard within ISKCON. The proposal represents a cooperative spirit between the devotees involved, often of diverse views, to come to a general agreement in a joint effort to help prevent any mistreatment of ISKCON cows and help develop cow protection programs that exemplify Srila Prabhupada's vision of cow protection. ISKCON has made significant efforts to protect cows but still mistakes have been made on ISKCON farms in the past which have created present problems that will take time and effort to correct.
The proposals will assure that the current problems are rectified in the near future and similar difficulties will not arise again. They can be viewed at the new ISCOWP WEB page which is presently under construction. Just click the NEWS button on that page whose address is: http://www.angelfire.com/co/iscowp.
Minister of Cow Protection and Agriculture
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