Cow Protection - Animated Short
Animation by: Minar BidayeProduced by: Films & Music LLPWhy Cow Protection?Gandhi summed up the importance of cow proection in his periodical Harijan (15 Sep, 1940):“Cow protection takes the human being beyond this species. The cow to me means the entire sub-human world. Man through the cow is enjoined to realise this identity with all that lives why the cow was selected for apotheosis is obvious to me. She was the giver of plenty. Not only did she give milk, but she also made agriculture possible”Cows and oxen have had a central place in humans life for centuries and more milk is drunk in Western Europe than anywhere else in the world, in Britain an average person drinks around two litres of liquid milk per week. Not only does the industrialised rearing of livestock contribute to a high consumption of fossil fuels, water shortage and pollution but cows and oxen are amongst the animals suffering from the cruelty animals in our society are object to. In addition, of all meats, beef is the most expensive to the earth as at least ten kilos of plant protein are needed to produce a kilo of beef. A dairy cow, once her milk yield peak around five years of age and only about a third through her lifespan is sold and sent to the slaughterhouse in crowded trucks to keep the price of milk low. As with other animals cows are fed high-protein concentrates and growth hormones to increase their milk-yield to volumes far in excess of what nature intended. This adds to their stress and makes them more susceptible to infections. The hormones and antibiotics are passed on in their milk and enter the human food chain and are thought to contribute to cancer and the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria such as MRSA and clostridium difficile.For great sites and resources on Cow Protection see below: The Lotus Trust is an educational, relief and development agency seeking to transform lives and improve the envi ronment both in the UK and overseas"'Ranchor Prime explains the meaning behind the ancient tradition of cow protection, and its place in the 21st century environmental movement. No ecological argument can be complete without it.' Chrissie Hynde, musician and environmental campaigner.A society dedicated to protecting cows and promoting the use of oxen.Volunteering for a cow protection project taking part in farm work with cows and oxen by assisting milking, be a general farm hand, haymaking, fencing, working with the bullocks ploughing the land and making friends yourself with the most generous loving animals.