- ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರಿ - Krishna Shastry
- ಪ್ರಾಣಿ ಹಕ್ಕುಗಳು, ಶುದ್ಧ ಸಸ್ಯಾಹಾರ, ಪರಿಸರ, ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಇವೆಲ್ಲವನ್ನೂ ಒಳಗೊಂಡ ವೀಗನಿಸಂ ಎಂಬ ತತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ನಂಬಿಕೆ ಇಟ್ಟಿರುವ ಒಬ್ಬ ಸರಳ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ ನಾನು.
ನನ್ನ ಇತರ ಆಸಕ್ತಿಗಳೆಂದರೆ ನೀತಿಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ, ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ನೀತಿಸಂಹಿತೆಗಳು, ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ, ಆವಿಷ್ಕಾರಗಳು, ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ, ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷೆ, ಭಾಷಾನೀತಿಗಳು ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ.
I am a simple Kannadiga following veganism, that cares about animal rights, pure vegetarianism, environment and health.
My other interest include ethics, public healthcare, public policies, innovation, science & technology, Kannada language and linguistic policies.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Propaganda of “Happy Cows” is probably one of the best examples regarding how industries deceive the public and convert them as customers. What happens in the background is portrayed in a very positive way, even though the reality is quite different and harsh.
Check out following advertisements about “Happy California Cows” – they give very happy picture indeed, isn’t it? Of course, everyone understands that it is exaggerated (not sure about young children though), but customers will anyway tend to think that California cows lead a reasonably good life, and hence they will feel quite happy to use products that come from such happy cows.
But the violation of fundamental rights of cows gets totally hidden in the process. Check out these links now.
So, if you are a lacto-vegetarian and if you are thinking that you are being quite cruelty free by staying away from meat, please think again – whether it is California or anywhere else, the main mantra these days is:
“Most of the animals slaughtered by CVM are "spent" dairy cows who are no longer economically viable as milk-producers to the dairy industry.”
Do you think any cow will be happy in modern day dairy industry where it leads a totally unnatural life?
- Almost complete captivity with hardly any freedom of movement
- Artificial insemination and zero right to have sex or choose its own partner
- Artificial medication, hormone treatments to increase milk production
- Unnatural feeds and deprivation from grazing
- Separation from younger ones and denial of right of proper motherhood, family life
- Finally, unnatural (and often extremely cruel) death
Ok, now let’s ponder upon whether this is only a modern day evil and if we can have a better solution on the basis of ancient day wisdom… Have you heard about a concept called Ahimsa Milk? Please read about a unique attempt in UK.
As a vegan, I strongly believe that there is nothing called truly Ahimsa Milk, because I am convinced that without imposing several restrictions on animals and without subjecting them to our rules (instead of letting them be as per their own natural instincts), it is impossible to get milk from them.
Note: Beyond the ethical angle, I am also deeply concerned about the health aspect of animal milk i.e. the myth about the animal milk being very healthy for human beings, and also about environment impact of animal farming. But let’s keep that aside for now.
My belief was later reinforced by following interview of Ahimsa Milk management.
The responses by management clearly indicate two things:
a) They do care and are trying to find a solution
b) They are also realizing that their project is far from a sustainable solution
Around the world, we have enormous number of vegetarian Hindus who consider cow as holy, but they are also in a state where they cannot easily accept quitting dairy products overnight and embrace veganism. Acknowledging this fact, I would feel happier (on a relative scale) if more and more such people at least start demanding for this kind of Ahimsa Milk, and get ready to pay more for the same. Slowly, it will dawn upon to them that veganism is the truly sustainable and compassionate solution.