Sunday, September 10, 2006

The untold, cruel cow slaughtering in Kerala

9/9/2006 2:55:50 AM HK Correspondent

For Hindus, cow is a sacred animal. According to Vedic civilization the COW is our mother, is to be given special protection. People worship cow as “Gomata”. “Gopuja” is a sacred ritual to respect cows which gives us pleasure by supplying milk essential for our growth and development. In the Vedic literature (Rig Veda 9.4.64) the words Gobhih Prinita-Matsaram indicate that one who, being fully satisfied by milk is desirous of killing the cow is in the grossest ignorance. Bhagavad-Gita Gita explains “Mamivamso Jiva-Bhutah (Bhagavat Gita 15.7), all living entities are part and parcel of God.

In India most of the states have laws that prohibit cow slaughter and cruelty to other animals. Except Communist ruled Kerala and West Bengal, it is a crime to engage in certain cruel acts toward cows. Most states arrest, prosecute and punish people who engage in unusual, cruel methods to inflict harm on animals. In Kerala and West Bengal, two communist and Muslims dominated states, there is no law for the ethical treatment of animals.

If you wake up in the early morning at 3:00 and walk out to any market place in Kerala, you can see horrible, heartbreaking, and cruel scene of cow slaughtering. Cows are tied up in a short rope to prevent moving. Then a water pipe with steel wire is inserted into the mouth of the cow deep into its stomach. Calcium oxide (commonly known as lime) and other chemical added water are pumped into the cow’s stomach for 3 to 5 minutes to increase its weight for profit. It is an inhumane and unhealthy practice inflicting pain on the cow and disease for the meat eaters. The helpless cow routinely suffer broken bones and feel terrible pain from callous handling when butchers roughly grab the cow by their legs and shackled down prior to slaughtering. After flooding the stomach with water added with calcium oxide (lime), the cow is knocked on the head with a big iron hammer, then dismembered while still conscious. Other cows waiting in line for slaughtering watch and moan loudly. Do butchers and meat eaters ever think of the pain cows suffer when they are dragged, mishandled and beheaded while still alive?

The unethical, cruel and brutal killing of cows is painful to watch. The cows are being butchered in the illegal slaughter houses mushrooming in every nook and corner of Kerala. Sources reveal that there are more than 7,000 illegal, unhygienic, primitive cow slaughter hoses in Kerala. The slaughter of cows is already banned in most Indian states, but persists in Kerala, that has significant non Hindu population. The open, cruel and inhumane slaughter of cows is a painful scene, an immoral and brutal criminal act. Thousands of malnourished, mistreated cows are openly slaughtered in public view illegally and unethically every day in Kerala and West Bengal. The cruel process of transporting malnourished, unhealthy cows for early morning slaughter for food is the worst form of human activity one can undertake. The cruelty to animals which causes unacceptable harm is one of the sadistic forms of human behavior.

Psychological studies have demonstrated that individuals deliberately inflicting suffering on animals are more prone to do harm on humans. People with criminal personality, anti social personality disorder have a history of torturing animals, a behavior disorder known as zoosadism. Criminal records indicate that a history of cruelty to animals is one of the traits that regularly appear in the records of rapists and murderers. Cruelty to animals is one of the components of behavior traits violent criminals. No wonder, murder, rape and violent crimes are on the increase in Kerala.

In India, the majority of the people are vegetarians and crime rates among vegetarians are the lowest in the world. Hindus consider cow is sacred and consider cow as Gau Mata and it is closely linked true events of Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva. Srimad-Bhagavatam (1:16:22) depicts an incident where Pariksit Maharaja was touring his kingdom where he found a man trying to kill a cow. Immediately, Pariksit Maharaja took his sword and wanted to kill the man. Pariksit Maharaja declared “there is equal protection for the animals and the man in our kingdom”.

In Srimad-Bhagavatam, this grizzly fate of animal killers is described by Narada Muni to king Pracinabarthi, who was killing animals in so called sacrifices.

“Bho Bhoh Prajapate Rajan
Pasun Pasya Tvayadhvare
Sanjnapitam Jiva-Sanghan
Nirghrnena Sahasrasah
Ete Tvam Sam Prati kasante
Smarato Vaisasam Tava
Sanpuretan Ayah-kutais
Chindanty Utthita-manyavah”.

“O ruler of the citizens, my dear king, please sees in the sky those animals which you have sacrificed without compassion and without mercy in the sacrificial arena. All those animals are awaiting your death so that they can avenge the injuries you have inflicted upon them. After you die they will angrily pierce your body with iron horns (Srimad Bhagavatam 4:25-7-8)”.

The communist/Muslim/Christian dominated Kerala and West Bengal cruelty to animal and cruel cow slaughter persist. Government in these two states are afraid to implement laws for animal protection and existing laws are lax and seldom enforced for fear of Muslim/Christian pressure and it will surely dent their vote bank.

Whenever Hindu organizations or Hindu spiritual leaders protest against cruelty to animals and cow slaughter, the phony secularists and westernized media project them as communalists and anti Muslim and anti Christian. The same bogus politicians, pseudo secularists and leftist intellectuals keep silence when asked why pig slaughter is banned in all Islamic countries. Kerala Visual medias are worried about the quality of meet and unhygienic meat process plants. But they are either ignore or keep mum on the cruel treatment of animals and brutal slaughter of cows in thousands of illegal slaughter houses mushrooming all over Kerala. The unholy Communist/Christian/Muslim and anti Hindu media alliance is preoccupied with appeasing the appeasement of meat eating population and not give damn about the sacred sentiments of cow worshiping Hindus. They failed to realize or ignore that cow is a sacred animal and cows are an integral part of Indian civilization and economy.

It is time for Hindus to join together and pressure the government to enact legislation to prevent cruelty to animals and ban cow slaughter. Hindus should promote humane education to promote vegetarian diets and to stop meat eating. Special education should focus on instilling respect and compassion for animals and respect for our sacred cows. Organized efforts are needed to force the government to enact statutes to provide care, humane treatment of animals and mandatory kindness.

Animals have rights, cows are sacred, let us protect our sacred heritage, our sacred Gomata have every right to live. Protect our cows, save our nation.


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