By Antony Brennan
Krishna by His practical example taught us to give protection to the cows, and Srila Prabhupada spoke often with great force and feeling on the need to protect cows. As time progresses and as more and more of us live in urban environments, cow protection seems as if it could slip through our fingers and disappear.
ISKCON has played a pioneering role in advocating and practising cow protection by establishing farm communities and goshalas, all over the world. In these difficult economic times we should try and not forget the request of Krishna, the Vedic literature, and the Srila Prabhupada, that we protect cows.
It can seem that there is little those devotees living in urban areas can do, but there is something. Quite a few cow protection organisations have web sites which allow you to adopt a cow.
Cow protection is not usually a profit making business, so donations to programs such as adopting a cow can be very important. Donations help provide for the general feed and care of cows, this is a very useful and helpful contribution to carrying on the business of protecting cows.
Click on: www.iscowp.org and choose the ‚ÄėHow to Adopt a Cow‚Äô link. Here you will find photos of some cows who can be adopted and details on how you can make a payment.
The ISCOWP web site says: ‚Äú5000 years ago, Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, appeared on earth to protect His devotees and to demonstrate His pastimes. Among those pastimes was his childhood role as a cowherd boy. The cows were very dear to Him because of their affectionate and gentle nature as well as their contributions to human society, and He was kind to them in return and protected them. We should follow His example.‚ÄĚ
Click on: www.gitanagari.org and choose the ‚ÄėAdopt A Cow‚Äô link. Then choose the adoption program link. There are a variety programs and payment options you can choose from.
The Gita Nagari website says: ‚ÄúIf You Drink Milk, You Have a Responsibility: This responsibility cannot be assumed by someone else. If milk from protected cows is not available, then compensatory donations should be made on a regular basis to support cows and cowherds on a devotee farm. Large-scale commercial milk production is likely to result in over-breeding and future neglect of retired animals; therefore it should be strongly discouraged.‚ÄĚ
Click on: www.newtalavana.org and choose the ‚ÄėAdopt-a-Cow‚Äô link. Choose from the donation options that suit you.
The New Talavan website says: ‚ÄúNew Talavan has been protecting cows for over 30 years. We cannot do it without you. Please contribute and be one of Bhagavan Sri Krsna‚Äôs eternal cowherd boys and girls.‚ÄĚ
Click on: www.savethecow.wordpress.com and click on ‚ÄėAdoption Options. Here you will find the options available and the cows who need your help.
The Save the Cow website says: ‚ÄúEvery cow and ox protected by Save the Cow‚Äôs dedicated staff and donors lives a happy, natural life. Feeling secure, each one expresses a unique personality. Some are shy and some playful. Some are explorers and others pranksters. When Krishna tended cows in Vrindavan He knew each of them by name and treated them as individuals. Through cow protection, Save the Cow creates a Vrindavan atmosphere in North Central Florida at New Raman Reti farm.‚ÄĚ
It may be that due to the current economic climate adopting a cow may be beyond your means. The web sites mentioned above also allow one off donations to the amount that you can afford
Click on: www.firstgiving.com/mgosh, another site where even a small amount will be put to good use.