are killing innocent cows and other animals—nature will take revenge.
Just wait. As soon as the time is right,
nature will gather all these rascals and slaughter them. Finished.
They'll fight amongst themselves.
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His Divine Grace A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
- 26 September 2006 - CHRISTOPHER WANJECK:
The Truth Behind the Spinach Scare: Cheap Beef While some food safety experts are unfairly bashing
organic farmers and their reliance on manure for fertilizer, the real
culprit behind E. coli outbreaks is the industrial beef and cattle
industry. First, certified organic farmers are prohibited from using
raw manure for 90 days before harvest of food for humans. Second, most
organic farmers compost their manure, which kills most E. coli.
Industrial beef and dairy farms are disease-ridden cesspools. A growing
body of evidence suggests that corn-fed cattle have higher counts of E.
coli O157:H7 compared to free-range, grass-fed cattle, which seem
largely free from this bacterium. The reason is twofold: Free-rangers
come in less contact with each others' manure compared to stressed-out
cattle packed in feeding lots; and corn makes the cow's stomach juices
more acidic, which gives rise to the acid-loving O157:H7 strain.
Also, mega-farms cannot get rid of their tons of O157:H7-rich manure.
This sits in cesspools and ultimately contaminates the surrounding
Switching back to free-range, grass-fed cattle would solve this
problem. But beef would be more expensive, and some view this as a bad
thing despite the epidemic of obesity and diabetes and the clear link
between high beef consumption and colon cancer. go to story
the shastras [Vedic literatures], the example is given of how
by friction of bamboos in the forest a fire is ignited and the forest
is burned to the ground. The apparent cause of fire is the friction of
two bamboos, but the real cause is actually the wind, which brings them
together. Similarly, it is the wind or the force of karma, the force of
our sinful activities which gives rise to apparent friction between
individuals, communities and ultimately nations. more
Jyotirmayi devi dasi: That priest who
visited was telling you that he was
asking all his parishioners to follow God's law. So you asked him if he
was going to get them to follow the fifth commandment, the law against
killing—including animal—killing and especially cow-killing.
Srila Prabhupada: Yes, this
is our proposal: "Why should you kill the cow? Let the cow be
protected." You can take the cow's milk and use this milk for making so
many nutritious, delicious preparations. Aside from that, as far as
meat-eating is concerned, every cow will die—so you just wait a while,
and there will be so many dead cows. Then you can take all the dead
cows and eat. So how is this a bad proposal? If you say, "You are
restraining us from meat-eating"—no, we don't restrain you. We simply
ask you, "Don't kill. When the cow is dead, you can eat it."
Yogeshwar das: You've pointed
out that the cow is just like a mother.
Srila Prabhupada: Yes. She
gives us her milk.
Yogeshwar das: But in the
West now, when their parents grow old the people generally send them
away to old age homes. So if people have no compassion even toward
their own parents, how can we educate them to protect the cow?
Srila Prabhupada: They don't
have to protect the cow. We shall protect the cow. Simply we ask them,
"Don't purchase meat from the slaughterhouse. We shall supply you the
cow after her death." Where is the difficulty?
Satsvarup das Goswami: Not
enough meat fast enough—they're eating so much meat.
Srila Prabhupada: "Not
enough"? By killing the cows, how will you get any more meat? The total
number of cows will remain the same. Simply wait for their natural
death. That is the only restriction. You have got a limited number of
cows. Either you wait for their death or you kill them at once—the
number of cows is the same. So we simply ask you, "Don't kill them.
Wait for their natural death and then take the meat." What is the
difficulty? And we simply ask you, "As long as they're alive, let us
take the cow's milk and prepare delicious foods for the whole human
Yogeshwar das: If people
don't kill the cows they will have even more meat, because that way the
cows will have more time to reproduce more cows. If they don't kill the
cows right away, there will be even more cows.
Srila Prabhupada: More cows,
yes. They'll have more cows. We simply request, "Don't kill. Don't
maintain slaughterhouses." That is very sinful. It brings down very
severe karmic reactions upon society. Stop these slaughterhouses. We
don't say, "Stop eating meat." You can eat meat, but don't take it from
the slaughterhouse, by killing. Simply wait, and you'll get the
After all, how long will the cows live? Their maximum age is twenty
years, and there are many cows who live only eighteen, sixteen, or ten
years. So wait that much time; then regularly get dead cows and eat.
What is the difficulty?
For the first few
years you may not get quite as much as now. During
that time you can eat some dogs and cats. [Laughter.] Yes. In Korea
they eat dogs. What is the difference between here and Korea? You can
also eat dogs for the time being. Or hogs. Eat hogs. We don't prohibit
the killing of these less important animals. We neither sanction nor
prohibit. But especially we request cow protection, because it is
ordered by Lord Krishna. Go-rakshya: "Protect the cows." That
is our duty.
And economically, also, it is very useful. Krishna has not recommended
this for nothing; it is not like that. Krishna's order has meaning. The
cows on our Hare Krishna farms are giving more milk than other
cows—because they are confident, "We will not be killed here." It is
not like these rascals, these so-called Christians, say: "They have no
soul; they have no intelligence." They have intelligence. In other
places they do not give so much milk. But on our farms they are very
jolly. As soon as the devotees call, they'll come. Yes—just like
friends. And they are confident, "We'll not be killed." So they are
jubilant, and they are giving much milk. Yes.
In Europe and America the cows are very good, but the cow-killing
system is also very good. So you stop this. You simply request them,
"You'll get the cow's flesh. As soon as she is dead, we shall supply
you free of charge. You haven't got to pay so much money. You can get
the flesh free and eat it then. Why are you killing? Stop these
slaughterhouses." What is wrong with this proposal?
We don't want to stop trade or the production of grains and vegetables
and fruit. But we want to stop these killing houses. It is very, very
sinful. That is why all over the world they have so many wars. Every 10
or 15 years there is a big war—a wholesale slaughterhouse for
humankind. But these rascals—they do not see it, that by the law of
karma, every action must have its reaction.
You are killing innocent cows and other animals—nature will take
revenge. Just wait. As soon as the time is right, nature will gather
all these rascals and slaughter them. Finished. They'll fight amongst
themselves—Protestants and Catholics, Russia and America, this one and
that one. It is going on. Why? That is nature's law. Tit for tat. "You
have killed. Now you kill yourselves."
They are sending animals to the slaughterhouse, and now they'll create
their own slaughterhouse. [Imitating gunfire:] Tung! Tung! Kill! Kill!
You see? Just take Belfast, for example. The Roman Catholics are
killing the Protestants, and the Protestants are killing the Catholics.
This is nature's law. It's not necessary that you be sent to the
ordinary slaughterhouse. You'll make a slaughterhouse at home. You'll
kill your own child-abortion. This is nature's law. Who are these
children being killed? They are these meat-eaters. They enjoyed
themselves when so many animals were killed, and now they're being
killed by their mothers. People do not know how nature is working. If
you kill, you must be killed. If you kill the cow, who is your mother,
then in some future lifetime your mother will kill you. Yes. The mother
becomes the child, and the child becomes the mother.
Mam sa khadatiti mamsah. The Sanskrit word is mamsa.
Mam means "me," and sa means "he." I am killing this
animal; I am eating him. And in my next lifetime he'll kill me and eat
me. When the animal is sacrificed, this mantra is recited into
the ear of the animal—"You are giving your life, so in your next life
you will get the opportunity of becoming a human being. And I who am
now killing you will become an animal, and you will kill me." So after
understanding this mantra, who will be ready to kill an animal?