Written by PETA
PETA has sent a letter to the heads of ISKON
temples throughout India in advance of Janmashtami celebrations urging them to
request Krishna devotees to use plant-based, vegan items instead of commercial
dairy products this Janmashtami.
In her letters,
PETA nutritionist and campaign coordinator Bhuvaneshwari Gupta explained that
gone are the days when cows were raised gently on people's land. She described how
cows nowadays are kept chained to cramped, filthy stalls; artificially and
crudely impregnated using filthy instruments that cause the animals pain; and
commonly injected with Oxytocin, a banned drug, resulting in severe pain for
the cows, similar to labour pains. She further explains that mother cows and
buffaloes have their calves torn away from them shortly after birth and that
male calves are killed. The mother cows and buffaloes are killed eventually,
Gupta, "We know that Krishna
devotees would never knowingly choose to support cruelty to cows and would be
shocked and saddened to learn how cows on today's dairy farms are abused. Your
words carry enormous weight in your community. We implore you to use your
influence so as to spare millions of living beings pain and suffering by urging
devotees and other festival organisers to celebrate Janmashtami using only cruelty-free
dairy alternatives such as soya milk, coconut milk or other such items".
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