Moos in the News (Cow-related Media)
February 21, 2009
RSPCA Donated cow gives birth at temple
By Bhaktivedanta Manor
In the early hours of this morning, amidst tears of joy, priests, farmers and congregational members witnessed the birth of a healthy female calf. This was no ordinary calf, but a symbol of reconciliation and a new era between the RSPCA and Vaishnava communities across Britain.
Gangotri, a cow dearly loved by everyone was killed by the RSPCA at Bhaktivedanta Manor’s farm in December 2007. This deeply offended the entire ISKCON community and a campaign was launched. The ‘Gangotri Task Force’ worked with DEFRA, politicians and legal experts in order to raise awareness of why all life is so sacred to all Vaishnavas. Last December the RSPCA apologised unreservedly and indicated its wish to build a progressive relationship. Welcoming their gesture, the community hopes the RSPCA will sign a protocol which will protect future cows.
The calf’s mother, Aditi, was a gift to the temple by the RSPCA and the birth brings good tidings to Bhaktivedanta Manor Krishna Temple. The new calf has also been named ‘Gangotri’, a name that is steeped in Vedic theosophy and history. She is residing in New Gokul, the largest Cow Protection Centre in Europe which due to be complete this August.
Kapil Dudakia, the chair of the Gangotri Task Force said, “The whole community is ecstatic with this tremendous news. Only last month we saw the arrival of Aditi to the Temple in all her splendour and today the birth of Gangotri has brought in an auspicious era for all our diverse communities to celebrate life and a new beginning together.”
Srutidharma das, the present Chairman of Bhaktivedanta Manor, said “the community at Bhaktivedanta Manor is celebrating the arrival of the new calf and it is a great beginning to the year.”
Stewart Coyle, the Farm Manager of New Gokul heard of the news whilst travelling in India. He said, “I am over whelmed with the news. I can’t wait to get back to England and see the new arrival.”
DEFRA have recently published a protocol which will in future guide animal welfare at all farms and organisations in the UK who have a non-violent ethos. Stewart Coyle, the Farm Manager said, “This resolution will now help to protect all our cows and I believe the Temple and the RSPCA can now work together for animal welfare.
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Apology from the RSPCA issued on the one year anniversary of the killing of Gangotri 13th December 2008
“The RSPCA as a charity will, by all lawful means, prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering of animals.
We share the above objective with the Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities and realise that these communities through their faith strive to live in harmony with all creatures.
The Society, recognising the hurt caused to the sentiments of these communities, and wishing to build a progressive relationship, apologises unreservedly for causing hurt and offence.
The RSPCA is based on a profound respect for animals, something we share with the Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities and we look forward to working together to promote respect and caring, and to cherish all life.”
February 10, 2009
Just in time for Valentine’s Day
Nineteen-day-old male ox Heart, born with a heart-shaped marking on his forehead, relaxes at Yamakun Farm in Fujisawa, near Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009. Farm owner Kazunori Yamazaki, 51, said, “Good timing for Valentine.”
(Itsuo Inouye/AP Photo)
From ABC News
January 28, 2009
Cows find milky way to happiness
Happy cows produce more milk, according to researchers at Newcastle University.
Cattle that are named and treated with a “more personal touch” can increase milk yields by up to 500 pints a year. The study, by the university’s School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, involved 516 farmers across the UK. Published in the journal Anthrozoos, the study found farmers who named their cows gained a higher yield than the 54% that did not give their cattle names. Dairy farmer Dennis Gibb, who co-owns Eachwick Red House Farm outside Newcastle with his brother Richard, said he believed treating every cow as an individual was “vitally important”.
“They aren’t just our livelihood, they’re part of the family,” he said. “We love our cows here at Eachwick and every one of them has a name. “Collectively we refer to them as ‘our ladies’ but we know every one of them and each one has her own personality.” Dr Catherine Douglas, who led the research, said: “What our study shows is what many good, caring farmers have long since believed. “Our data suggests that, on the whole, UK dairy farmers regard their cows as intelligent beings capable of experiencing a range of emotions. “Placing more importance on knowing the individual animals and calling them by name can, at no extra cost to the farmer, also significantly increase milk production.”
From BBC News
January 19, 2009
Charity donates cow to monastery
Aditi has put to an end the dispute between the RSPCA and the monastery
The RSPCA has donated a cow to a Hindu temple in Hertfordshire to replace one put down by a vet.
RSPCA vets put down Gangotri in 2007 on welfare grounds, outraging Hindus at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple in Watford where the cow lived.
Now the charity has donated a pregnant cow, Aditi, to the manor.
Cows are sacred to followers of the Hindu religion and hundreds of Hindus protested outside RSPCA headquarters after Gangotri’s death.
The cow had been injured for more than a year and suffered from pressure sores because she could no longer stand.
However, campaigners claimed the killing was illegal and took place while members at the temple were at worship – a claim denied by the RSPCA.
With the donation of Aditi, the dispute between the monastery and the charity has come to an end.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “We realise the significance of cows in Hindu culture and regret the offence we caused.”
Secretary General of the Hindu Forum of Britain, Ramesh Kallidai, said: “Whilst the actions of the RSPCA did truly hurt the Hindu community, I am glad that a suitable solution has been found that allows for all key partners to move forward keeping in mind animal welfare and the sentiments of the Hindu community.”
From BBC News