Not sure if many of you noticed, but last night we shared a Go Fund Me campaign that we created entitled “Rescue a Zebu Cow.” Almost immediately, people started reaching out and encouraging our endeavor in support of the campaign. Concurrently, the organizers of the farm animal auction, Carolina Farm and Auction, contacted us, using very harsh and abusive language and calling our campaign a scam. They actually denied our purchase of the cow and banned us from ever participating in the auction again. Not only that, but they officially reported our campaign as a “scam.”
They claimed that the cow didn’t need “rescuing,” that our statements about the bidders were lies, and that we were lazy, unemployed “failures at life” just trying to make some money out of innocent people.
So there you go. Apparently it is totally acceptable to sell a pregnant cow indiscriminately to the highest bidder. We checked the Facebook profiles of the other bidders; cattlemen who mistreat bulls for rodeo entertainment, who hate PETA and vegan activists, who keep cows as “pets” and then slaughter them at whim, and deer hunters who make low ball offers so they can fill their freezer with cheap (purebred Indian) cow meat.
After receiving abusive messages from the organizer of the auction, we relayed to her our concern that these cows were being sold indiscriminately to people who were obviously after a cheap cow carcass for their freezer, or to breeders who use them for rodeo and slow roast BBQ’s.
She defended her program, saying “We don't sell the exotic breeds for meat.”
“But, you sell them indiscriminately to whomever offers you the highest price…” we said.
“Hell, I’ll beef her myself rather than selling her to a liar [like you]” was her response.
The organizer also divulged that she had a zebu cow slaughtered just because it had broken its leg. “That’s life” she said.
No. That’s not life. That’s death. Would you kill your son or daughter because they had broken a bone? But apparently these animals don’t need rescuing because they are “happy” and “safe” in the hands of these killers.
We were also abused by the final bidder who claimed our campaign was a scam and that we were liars. This person came online to place bids 5 mins before the deadline. He said that he would not personally keep his zebu cows for rodeo “sport” or for slow roast BBQ’s. We politely informed him that most of the other bidders before him would’ve done that if they had been successful. We asked the final bidder if he eats his “pet” cows, but he declined to answer and just kept saying that we were hypocrites for only trying to save purebred cows.
If we had unlimited energy, time, facility and resources, we would like to save all the animals in the world from the abuse and murder of such people. Since that is not possible, we see it is as particularly important to save purebred Deshi (Indian breed) cows. Indian and African cow breeds are the only cows left on the planet that purely produce the original A2 milk. All western breeds have been hybridized to become milk producing machines and a majority of such cows produce A1 milk, which has been shown by scientists to produce many kinds of ailments, such as digestive and even neurological disorders. The more the lineages are mixed, the more the important qualities of those breeds are diluted. The wicked beef breeders think that they can have all the good traits of all different breeds by mixing them together, but this is not the case. There may be advantages by their diabolical standards, but for the purpose of maintaining high quality (not quantity) milk production and ability for agricultural work (in oxen) the purebreds are always preferable.
We didn’t expect the campaign would reach the attention of the auction organizers who might become offended that their cow was in need of being “rescued” and that their good reputation (as cow killers and abusers?) might be tarnished.
I therefore canceled the campaign, issued refunds to all of the donors, and erased everything that had to do with the rescue attempt. I didn’t want anymore drama. By then, it was 2 am and the organizer and final bidder were continuing to harass us with hate mail.
Me: You may have good healthy cows, thats not what I'm debating. I noticed some of the bidders were infact hunters and those who support beef barbeques. I simply wanted to protect the cow from those people. Some may use them for pets and keep them alive their entire nature life, but some infact do not. Many breed zebus for meat. And we try to save cows from those circumstances. Actually its very simple. You cant deny people use zebus for meat. You may not, but others do. I've deleted our gfm campaign and will not seek to engage or work with you or any on your page ever again.
Auction Organizer: Hell I’ll beef her myself before I let a crook take her and a liver. Lier
Me: My point exactly. You'll beef her yourself? What a shame. What a cruel human being you are to be able to kill an innocent animal.
Auction Organizer: Have ate zebu before when one broke her leg it’s called the circle of life and working for what we get and not having someone else to pay for it. She is mine can do what I want with her
Hypocrisy of the Meat Industry
Shri Madhva Muni (a great teacher and scholar in the Vedic tradition) has said that one attains piety by broadcasting the evil deeds of the evil minded, and so we are dutifully narrating our experience here. I also thought I would share this unfortunate situation with our community, to educate people about the realities of these animal auctions, the realities of the cattle industry, the risks involved with trying to rescue such animals, and more broadly speaking, the risks involved in disturbing the status quo of our misdirected society.
We love our animals and keep them for the entire duration of their natural life, whether they are in perfect health or not. Any animal who is in the care of someone who would abuse it for “sport” and ultimately kill it for meat, is in need of rescuing. That is our stance. It is not only our stance, it is the verdict of the Vedic culture.
So in the future, we will not be able to publicly campaign to raise funds for rescuing auction animals. We will have to rely on our limited funds. The unfortunate situation in this age is that practices such as rodeo and cow slaughter have become the norm, and anyone who tries to rescue an animal from such a fate is labeled a liar (because such animals apparently aren’t in need of rescuing) and a hypocrite (if you employ discretion concerning which animals you should rescue because you can’t possibly rescue them all).
Interestingly, it is illegal in the US to abuse or kill cats, dogs and horses. But the cow and bull, the mother and father of human society, can be mercilessly abused for “sport” and entertainment, raped by forced breeding practices, incessantly impregnated year after year without cessation, stripped of their young when they finally give birth, and have their udders mechanically sucked dry for the benefit of exploitative humans. As a display of appreciation for all the milk our mother cow has given us, we slaughter her baby bull calf, and when she has lived only a fraction of her natural life, we finally slit her throat and gorge ourselves on her flesh. That is not only the pinnacle of hypocrisy, it is completely demonic.
We were going to name the cow Vijayī (“victory" in Sanskrit) on account of her victory from victimization at the hands of exploitative humans. Unfortunately, Vijayī has been swept away by the strong tide of this misdirected modern society. She is just one of many, but one that was perhaps within our limited means to help.
Chanakya Pandita, the Prime Minister of Chandragupta Maurya who, under Chanakya’s guidance, defeated the Greek invasion of India lead by Alexander the Great in the 4th Century BCE, wrote in his Neeti Shastra that “There are five places unfit for living: a place where one cannot earn a livelihood, where people are fearless [to perform immoral acts], where they are shameless, uncharitable and selfish.”
How We Can Help
Unfortunately, such conditions are becoming increasingly prevalent in the modern era. Still, we can dutifully condemn the activities of such shameless, immoral, uncharitable and selfish persons. Send the Carolina Farm and Auction a message via their Facebook page and let them know that the indiscriminate sale of (pregnant) animals to bidders who are deer hunters, supporters of rodeo, proponents of slow-cook BBQ’s, and beef cattle breeders is morally reprehensible, and that if someone wants to raise money online to rescue such an animal from that kind of fate, they are entitled to do it. Tell them that their hateful and abusive language aimed at people who are actually trying to good in this world, may be the kind of behavior that their President exemplifies, but it is not the kind of behavior that you tolerate. You can even report their page to facebook admin.
Millions of animals every day unnecessarily perish at the hands of a cancerous and exploitative human race. We claim that we do good to others, that we love our neighbor as ourselves, that we love God with all our hearts, and that we love our country. All such claims however, remain hollow and unsubstantiated unless we can curb our exploitative, selfish tendency, epitomized by the unnecessary slaughter of innocent animals for the satisfaction of an insatiable tongue.
How can we show love for God and for His creation when we exploit His creation for the satisfaction of our unbridled senses? Every living entity, whether it be human, animal or plant has been granted the right to live and to consume and acquire what is required for it’s maintenance. Inevitably, that involves taking the life of another. Jīvo Jīvasya Jīvānam. One life provides the life for another life. But when we can live a healthy and happy life by consuming grains, vegetables and fruits, why should we slaughter innocent animals? It is not only unnecessary for our maintenance, but it places a massive, unsustainable strain on our eco-systems and on our planet at large. Although countries and world leaders are rallying in plight of climate action, they generally fail to acknowledge the leading cause of environmental destruction, deforestation and global warming; the beef and dairy industries.
This Easter, make a resolution. If you love God and love His creation, give up consuming the flesh of innocent animals. Don’t be a hypocrite like the Pharisees of the bygone era. Do not proclaim your love for God whilst you defile His creation.
In the Gospel of Mathew (chapter 15), most modern editions of the Bible appear to suggest that Jesus didn’t think it important for a person to exercise discernment regarding one’s eatables.
(15.10) Then Yeshua (Jesus) called the crowd and said to them, “Hear and understand. 11 It’s not what goes into the mouth that makes the man unholy; but what comes out of the mouth, this makes the man unholy.”
It is important to understand the context. Jesus was defending his disciples from the ire of the Pharisees and was calling them out for their hypocrisy.
(15.1) Then some Pharisees and Torah scholars came to Yeshua from Jerusalem. They said, (2) “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not do the ritual handwashing when they eat bread.”(3) And answering, He said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? (4) For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death.’ (5) But you say, ‘Whoever tells his father or mother, “Whatever you might have gained from me is [going to be instead] a gift to God,” (6) he need not honor his father.’ On account of your tradition, you made void the word of God. (7) Hypocrites! Rightly did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying,
(8) ‘This people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. (9) And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
Yeshua goes on to explain:
(16) “Are you also still lacking understanding?” Yeshua said. (17) “Don’t you grasp that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and then is ejected into the sewer? (18) But the things that proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart, and those things make the man unholy. (19) For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, and slander. (20) These are the things that make the man unholy; but to eat with unwashed hands does not make the man unholy.”
It is important to note here that Yeshua was defending his sincere yet perhaps less-cultured disciples against the attacks of the hypocritical scholars. It is also important to note that his comments were directed towards the less-important topic of ritual hand-washing. Perhaps it is important to wash one’s hands. But it is inconsequential compared to the hypocrisy displayed by the Pharisees.
Food in Spiritual Practice
The logic presented is comparative but not completely accurate. What goes into the mouth does not just pass into the sewer. Part of it is absorbed into the body. And what is absorbed into the body affects the mind. If the food absorbed into the body is putrid, stale, decomposed or chemically/genetically altered, what will be the affect on the mind? If the flesh of an animal who is slaughtered in a state of fear and anxiety is consumed, what will be the affect on the mind? This concept is described in the 17th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, verses 8-10.
The important point in the teaching, is that it is the mind that is the source of upliftment or degradation. This is a theme echoed in the Bhagavad Gita, 6th chapter, verses 5-6.
A man can easily be taught to wash his hands before eating, but a crooked person needs much more to rectify his deceitful mind. The Vedic scriptures state that since the mind is the source of desires, one should certainly exercise discernment regarding what he or she consumes, since it will have a direct effect on the mind. So much so, that the Shri Krishna describes in the Bhagavad Gita (3.13), that eating sanctified food offered to the Lord, is the foundation and beginning of genuine spiritual life.
Every time you are about to eat something, acknowledge that you are taking a life for the maintenance of your own life, acknowledge the origin of that life (God Himself), and offer that life back to the Origin. It is a simple process.
In the third chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, 16th verse, it is described that any activity enacted for the sole purpose of satisfying the senses is the source of suffering and entanglement. Conversely, it stated in the 9th verse, that activity done in accordance with dharma (eternal religious principles) for the purpose of satisfying the Lord is the source of ultimate liberation.
Let our eating be such a sacred and liberating experience. Let our actions and words be a source of spiritual upliftment and benefit for others. This Easter, as we remember a man who sacrificed his own life so that others may live, let us live our lives in that same spirit; that we may sacrifice our lives, our time, our energy, our sensual pleasures so that others may live and be benefited.
We don’t normally take in rescue animals. We take very seriously the limitations of not having hundreds of acres or unlimited funds.
Our mission at the Plow and Flute is more about living off the land and inspiring others. Part of farm living, however, does infact include animals. Farm animals usually have useful tasks to perform; our dogs protect our crops, donkeys protect smaller animals, cows produce milk, fertilizer, and keep the grass mowed down, etc.
In this light, we’ve just placed our bid to rescue this tiny (28’’ tall) mini zebu cow (who could potentially be pregnant) that is being sold in an auction nearby. The danger with these types of auctions is that the price is so low (in comparison to normal selling prices) - this attracts buyers who can quickly and inexpensively turn the cows into breeding machines, sources of cruel entertainment like rodeos, or an easy way to fill up their meat freezer. Swipe through the photos to see the other “bidders’ in this particular auction.
All of these factors have actually worked in our favor to be able to rescue this sweet girl. She’s small, so wouldn't require more grass than we could provide (nor would she be difficult to move when we move onto our new property); and she’s selling for a small price ($650) which wouldnt break the bank. Basically, this rescue case is within our limitations.
We would like to invite you all to help us rescue this cow. If all of our IG and FB followers would contribute just $1, then we would easily have enough to take this cow home and allow her to live out her natural life in a peaceful and safe environment.
If you cannot contribute monetarily, perhaps you can share this campaign with your friends and family.
ABOUT ZEBU COWS: Zebu is an indigenous breed of cows originating from South Asia and Africa. They are most easily distinguished by their hump. Due to their unadulterated genetics, zebu cows are very heat and disease tolerant. Also as a result of their pure genetics, zebus produce what is called A2/A2 milk (humans and goats also produce this type.) This is oftentimes referred to as the “original form of cows milk”. Most western breeds of cows, who have been genetically modified in order to produce massive quantities of milk, produce what is called A1/A1 milk. This type of milk, scientists have found, contains a mutation that oftentimes causes digestion and neurological diseases (just to name a few) for it’s consumer.
Please consider supporting our campaign and helping us save this indigenous cow!