Vegetarian Diet

Why are Cows special, why do people worship them?

Cows are special because the provide so much for the welfare of mankind. They are liked by the God because of their simple and kind nature; pure and beautiful. They are the ideals for those who have vowed to follow God’s instructions. To be a successful follower of God (in any faith) on has to be simple and follow the instructions faithfully. This is exemplified in the behavior of cows. They were made first by God. Even their urine and dung is useful. God cares for the welfare and cows provide so many things (Milk, Ghee, Curd, Urine, and Dung) for the welfare of mankind. Thus, they are liked by God.

 
 Some common FAQ’s around vegetarianism:
‘I know a vegetarian who is unhealthy—what about that?’ 

There are healthy and unhealthy vegetarians. But doctors agree that vegetarians who eat a varied, low-fat diet stand a much better chance of living longer, healthier lives than their meat-eating counterparts. 

What will we do with all those chickens, cows and pigs if everyone becomes a vegetarian? ‘ 

It’s unrealistic to expect that everyone will stop eating animals overnight. As the demand for meat decreases, the number of animals bred will decrease. Farmers will stop breeding so many animals and will turn to other types of agriculture. When there are fewer of these animals, they will be able to live more natural lives. 

‘ If everyone turned vegetarian, it would be worse for the animals because so many of them would not even be born, wouldn’t it? ‘ 

Life on factory farms is so miserable that it is hard to see how we are doing animals a favour by bringing them into that type of existence, confining them, tormenting them and then slaughtering them. 

‘ If everyone switches to vegetables and grains, will there be enough to eat? ‘ 

Yes. We feed so much grain to animals in order to fatten them up for consumption that if we all became vegetarians, we could produce enough food to feed the entire world. In the US, for example, animals are fed more than 80 percent of the corn the US grows and more than 95 percent of the oats. The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people—more than the entire human population on Earth. 

‘ Don’t vegetarians have difficulty getting enough protein? ‘ 

The problem is the possibility of getting too much protein, not too little. Most meat-eaters get about seven times as much protein as they need! Vegetarians can get enough protein from whole wheat bread, potatoes, beans, corn, peas, mushrooms or broccoli—almost every food contains protein. Unless you eat a great deal of junk food, it’s almost impossible to eat as many calories as we need for good health without getting enough protein. 

By contrast, too much protein is the major cause of osteoporosis and contributes to kidney failure and other diseases of affluence. 

 
‘ Don’t humans have to eat meat to stay healthy? ‘ 

Both the US Department of Agriculture and the American Dietetic Association have endorsed vegetarian diets. Studies have also shown that vegetarians have stronger immune systems than meat-eaters and that meat-eaters are almost twice as likely to die of heart disease, 60 percent more likely to die of cancer and 30 percent more likely to die of other diseases. The consumption of meat and dairy products has been conclusively linked with diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, clogged arteries, obesity, asthma and impotence. 

 
‘ Isn’t eating meat natural? Hasn’t it been going on for thousands of years? Aren’t our bodies designed to eat meat? ‘ 

Actually, human bodies are better suited to a vegetarian diet. Carnivorous animals have long, curved fangs, claws and a short digestive tract. Humans have flat, flexible nails and our so-called ‘canine’ teeth are minuscule compared to those of carnivores and even compared to vegetarian primates like gorillas and orangutans. Our tiny canine teeth are better suited to biting into fruits than tearing through tough hides. We have flat molars and a long digestive tract suited to a diet of vegetables, fruits and grains. Eating meat is hazardous to our health; it contributes to heart disease, cancer and many other health problems. 

 

‘ Why blame me? I didn’t kill the animal. ‘ 

No, but you hired the killer. Whenever you purchase meat, that means that the killing was done for you and you paid for it.

 

 
‘ If you were starving on a boat at sea, and there were an animal on the boat, would you eat the animal? ‘ 

I don’t know. Humans will go to extremes to save their own lives, even if it means hurting someone innocent. (People have even killed and eaten other people in such situations.) This example, however, isn’t relevant to our daily choices. For most of us, there is no emergency and no excuse to kill animals for food. 

 
‘ It’s OK to eat eggs because chickens lay them naturally, right? The eggs we buy in the supermarket are sterile and not unborn foetus, aren’t they? ‘ 

This is true, but the real cruelty of egg production lies in the treatment of the ‘laying hens’ themselves, who are perhaps the most abused of all factory-farmed animals. The number of factory farms in India is growing. Each egg from today’s factory farms represents 22 hours of misery for a hen packed in a cage the size of a filing cabinet drawer with up to five other chickens. Cages are stacked many tiers high, and faeces from cages above fall onto the chickens below. Hens become lame and develop osteoporosis from forced immobility and calcium lost to produce eggshells. Some birds’ feet grow around the wire cage floors; they starve to death because they
are unable to reach the food trough. At just 2 years old, most hens are ‘spent’, and they are sent to the slaughterhouse. Egg-laying hatcheries don’t have any use for male chicks; they are killed by suffocation, decapitation or crushing or are ground up alive. 

 

 

People are generally unaware of the importance of cows. Cows produce, in large quantities, the miracle food, milk. Milk is produced from the blood of the cow, however she is happy to give her blood transformed in a peaceful, non-violent way in the form of milk.

The cow is so merciful she is freely giving us her milk which contains all the vitamins, proteins and other nutrients found in flesh. If people drink milk there is absolutely no need for animal killing and no possibility of their diets being deficient in any way. One can survive simply by drinking milk. Milk is a complete food.

 

As devotees of Krishna, we have a special interest in protecting cows because Krishna is a cowheard boy. It seems amazing… How could God be a cowheard boy? But sometimes truth is stranger than fiction… Krishna likes the cows very much. Therefore, because Krishna is very friendly towards the cows, killing cows is more sinful than killing other animals. Any unnecessary killing is sinful so naturally we are vegetarians. But we are more Krishnatarian than vegetarian. In any case killing cows is most sinful.

Many of the problems we are now facing, including violence and wars, are a direct result of the massive cow killing now going on everywhere. We don’t connect it. It is karma. When we do something violent to another living entity that violence will come back on us in the future. It’s just like bouncing a ball on the ground… it will bounce back up again. Scientists can relate to the forces and natural principles at work in the bouncing ball but they cannot yet see the same forces acting on a more subtle level. But karma is the same law that causes the ball to bounce back up… it works with our actions as well as with balls!

Of course animals are less intelligent than people. They can’t defend themselves against us. But that doesn’t mean they have no rights. They are born into this world just like you and me and they have a right to live here also.

 

 

 

 

  • People Just Don’t Think About It!

    People just don’t think about it. Even when we are young, our mother always lovingly served us steak and potatoes and encouraged us to dine heartily on the carcass so we could “grow up big and strong.” And the TV adds and the billboards daily reinforce the conditioning that it’s “perfectly normal” to kill animals for food. So most never question it; they don’t make the connection between the seemingly innocent hamburger on their plate and the horror of the slaughterhouse. “Out of sight, out of mind.”

    But the fact is, to satisfy our currupted appetites, billions of animals are unnecessarily and brutally butchered every year. And year after year the inhumanity continues to be overlooked, and because of this our society is becoming more and more callous…and cruel.

    Is it right that animals, fully sentient beings, are made to suffer simply because we “like the taste?” Has selfishness overcome our reason? We’ve got blood on our hands. It’s no wonder there is so much violence amongst the people of our society when they exhibit so much violence towards animals. “What goes around comes around.”

     

  • The Nectar of Immortality

    Milk is compared to nectar, which one can drink to become immortal. Of course, simply drinking milk will not make one immortal, but it can increase the duration of one’s life.

    In modern civilisation milk is not thought of as being important, therefore people are not living very long.

    Although in this age anyone can live up to one hundred years, the duration of life is reduced because people do not drink large quantities of milk. Instead of drinking milk, they prefer to slaughter an animal and eat it’s flesh.

    The cow should be protected, milk should be drawn from the cows, and this milk should be prepared in various ways. One should take ample milk, and thus one can prolong one’s life and develop the finer tissues of the brain.

     

  • The Cow is Our Mother

    The Vedic Scriptures refer to the cow as our mother When we stop taking milk from our mother the cow gladly takes over the role of supplying milk. For this reason the cow is our mother.

    It is natures special arrangement that the cow provides milk to give nourishment to civilised people. The barbarians take blood by cutting the throat of a poor innocent animal, while civilised people drink milk which contains all of the nutritious qualities of meat without the necessity of violence.

    We are now killing millions of our mothers every year in such a brutal way in enormous slaughterhouses. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation estimated that in 1984 229,249,000 cattle and calves were killed for meat production. This cow-killing is the most sinful activity and we are suffering in many ways as a result of the enormous burden of bad karma it generates.

     

  • The Misery of Cow-Killing

    Ample food grains can be produced through agricultural enterprises, profuse milk, yogurt and ghee can be arranged through cow protection and abundant honey can be obtained if the forests are protected. Instead of a simple lifestyle modern civilisation is busy killing the cows that are the source of yogurt, milk and ghee; they are cutting down all the trees that supply honey and they are opening factories to manufacture nuts, bolts, automobiles and wine instead of engaging in agriculture. This is creating so many problems in the world

    How can the people be happy? They must suffer from all the misery of materialism. Their bodies become wrinkled and gradually deteriorate until they become almost like dwarfs, and a bad odour emanates from them because of unclean perspiration resulting from eating all kinds of nasty things. This is not human civilisation.

     

  • Living Cows are an Economic Asset

    It is quite clear that a living cow yields society more food than a dead one – in the form of a continuing supply of milk, cheese, butter, yogurt and other high-protein foods.

    In 1971 Stewart Odend’hal of the University of Missouri conducted a detailed study of cows in Bengal and found that far from depriving humans of food. they ate only inedible remains of harvested crops (rice hulls, tops of sugarcane, etc.) and grass. “Basically”, he said, “the cattle convert items of little direct human value into products of immediate utility.” This should put to rest the myth that people are starving in India because they will not kill their cows. Interestingly enough, India seems to have surmounted her food problems, which have always had more to do with occasional severe drought or political upheaval than with sacred cows. A panel of experts at the Agency for International Development, in a statement cited in the United States Congressional Record for December 2nd. l980. concluded “India p
    roduces enough to feed all its people.”

    If allowed to live, cows produce High quality, protein rich foods in amounts that stagger the imagination. It is abundantly clear that cows (living ones) are one of mankind’s, most valuable food resources.

    Movements to save seals, dolphins and whales from slaughter are flourishing — so why shouldn’t there be a movement to save the cows? 

  • Environmental Damage

    Another price we pay for meat eating is degradation of the environment. The heavily contaminated run-off from thousands of slaughterhouses and feedlots is a major source of water pollution. In their book “Population, Resources and Environment”, Paul and Anne Ehrlich found that to grow one pound of wheat requires only 60 pounds of water, whereas production of a pound of meat requires anywhere from 2,500 to 6,000 pounds of water.

    In 1973 the New York Post revealed that one large chicken slaughtering plant in America was found to be using 100 million gallons of water daily. The same volume would supply a city of 25,000 people!

     

  • Land Usage, Meat and War

    A study published in “Plant Foods for Human Nutrition” reveals that an acre of beans or peas produces ten times more protein than an acre of pasture set aside for meat production.

    Economic facts like this were known to the ancient Greeks In Plato’s Republic the great Greek philosopher Socrates recommended a vegetarian diet because it would allow a country to make the most intelligent use of its agricultural resources. He warned that if people began eating animals, there would be need for more pasturing land. “And the country which was enough to support the original inhabitants will be too small now, and not enough?”, he asked of Glaucon, who replied that this was indeed true “And so we shall go to war, Glaucon, shall we not?” To which Glaucon replied, “Most certainly.” 

  • Nutrition Without Meat

    Many times the mention of vegetarianism elicits the predictable reaction, “What about protein?”

    The ideas that meat has a monopoly on protein and that large amounts of protein are required for energy and strength are both myths.

    Of the twenty-two amino acids, all but eight can be synthesised by the body itself, and these eight “essential amino acids” exist in abundance in nonflesh foods. Dairy products, grains, beans and nuts are all concentrated sources of protein. Cheese, peanuts and lentils, for instance, contain more protein per gram than hamburger, pork or porterhouse steak.

    The primary energy source for the body is carbohydrates. Only as a last resort is the body’s protein utilised for energy production. Too much protein intake actually reduces the body’s energy capacity. In a series of comparative endurance tests conducted by Dr. Irving Flsher of Yale, vegetarians performed twice as well as meat-eaters. Numerous other studies have shown that a proper vegetarian diet provides more nutritional energy than meat. A study by Dr I. Iotekyo and V. Kilpani at Brussles University showed that vegetarians were able to perform physical tasks two to three times longer than meat-eaters before exhaustion and were recovered from fatigue in one fifth the time needed by the meat-eaters.

     

  • Health and Meat Eating

    The human body cannot deal with excessive animal fats in the diet. As early as 1961, the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that ninety to ninety-seven percent of heart disease, the cause of more than half of the deaths in the United States, could be prevented by a vegetarian diet.

    Many studies have established the relationship between colon cancer and meat eating. One reason for the incidence of cancer Is the high-fat, low-fiber content of the meat-centred diet. The result is a slow transit time through the colon, allowing toxic wastes to do their damage. Meat, while being digested, is known to generate steroid metabolites possessing carcinogenic properties.

     

  • Chemicals and Diseases in Meat

    Numerous potentially hazardous chemicals, of which consumers are generally unaware, are present m meat and meat products. In their book, “Poisons In Your Body”, Garry and Steven Null give an inside look at the production techniques used by corporately owned animal producers , “The animals are kept alive and fattened by continuous administration of tranquillisers, horrnones, antibiotics and 2,700 other drugs,” they write, “the process starts even before birth and continues long after death. Although these drugs will still be present in the meat when you eat it, the law does not require that they be listed on the package.”

    Because of the filthy, overcrowded conditions forced upon animals by the livestock industry, vast amounts of antibiotics must be used, but such rampant use of antibiotics naturally creates antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are passed on to those who eat the meat. The US FDA estimate that penicillin and tetracycline save the meat industry $1.9 billion a year giving them sufficient reason to overlook the potential health hazards. In addition to dangerous chemicals, meat often carries diseases from the animals themselves.

    Crammed together in unclean conditions, force-fed and inhumanely treated, animals destined for slaughter contract many more diseases than they ordinarily would. Meat inspectors attempt to filter out unacceptable meats, but because of pressures from industry and lack of sufficient time for examination, much of what passes is far less wholesome than the meat purchaser realizes.

     

  • The Hidden Cost of Meat

    According to information compiled by the United States Department of Agriculture, over ninety percent of all the grain produced in America is used for feeding livestock — cows. pigs, lambs and chickens — that wind up on dinner tables

    The process of using grain to produce meat is incredibly wasteful. Information from the USDA’s Economic Research Service shows that only one pound of beef is produced for every sixteen pounds of grain consumed.

    In his book “Proteins: Their Chemistry and Politics,” Dr. Aaron Altshul notes that, “In terms of calorie units per acre, a diet of grains, vegetables and beans will support twenty times more people than a diet of meat.

    If the earth’s arable land were used primarily for the production of vegetarian foods, the planet could easily support a population of twenty billion and more.

    In a report submitted to the United Nations World Food Conference (Rome, 1974), Rene Durmont, an agricultural economist at France’s National Agricultural Institute, made this judgement , “The over consumption of meat by the rich means hunger for the poor.”

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