I am a Vegetarian
What the USDA tells us: meat is inspected. Percentage of slaughtered animals inspected for residues of toxin chemicals including dioxin and DDT: less than 0.00004.
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An article by Braja Sevaki dasi
The glories of milk
By JANE E. BRODY New York Times -- January 7, 2003
The dangers of meat eating
Excerpts from Vedic Scriptures
A farmer's wife who was swept away by floods in New Zealand yesterday had her life saved by a cow.
Kim Riley praised the animal - known only as Number 569 - and described it as "an ugly old tart".
The area around Mrs Riley's farm at Woodville, near Palmerston North, has been lashed by severe storms that have claimed two lives, washed away wooden houses and forced the evacuation of hundreds of North Island homes.
THE ACTUAL PHILOSOPHICAL REASON FOR COW PROTECTION IS VERY SIMPLE: First of all, all living entities should be protected from slaughter and other violence at the hands of humans. Not only cows, but animals have SOULS the same as we do. All are children of God, all are dear to Him.
With this view in mind, it can be seen that slaughter is a form of MURDER.
The cow, however, is our MOTHER. Vedic philosophy teaches there are 7 mothers:
1) the birth mother,
2) the nurse,
3) the wife of the brahmana,
4) the wife of the king,
5) the wife of the spiritual master,
6) the earth, and
7) the cow.
You may wonder why the cow is considered one of the 7 mothers. Well, it is because she gives her milk to nourish us. A ll mothers should hold a position of respect, and since one does not kill and eat one's mother, the cow should not be killed and eaten. Likewise, the bull is our father because he can plow the earth to produce food grains. One does not kill and eat one's father and mother - not even when they are old and less economically useful.
In practice the first principle of cow protection, surprisingly, is OX EMPLOYMENT.
A mistake is made when only the cow is considered because typically her main usefulness is seen as milk production, and she won't give milk unless she first has a calf. Since half of all calves are bulls, the result will be a lot of excess bovine population. The expense of feeding them will be a deficit to the farmer. Unless employed as oxen, their only economic usefulness will be in their slaughter to produce meat.