Hindu Community outraged at the killing of sacred cow

Hindu Community outraged at the killing of sacred cow

London, UK, 13th December 2007: The National Council of Hindu Temples UK (NCHT) is shocked and outraged after a cow was killed at the Bhaktivedanta Manor in Letchmore Heath, Watford, Herts – the largest Hindu Temple in Britain, while worshippers were at prayer.

The cow, named Gangotri, a 13 year-old Belgian Blue and Jersey cross, was killed at 9.00 am at the Bhaktivedanta Manor. The cow was sick but had no disease. She was being cared for by Temple residents and visiting worshippers.

NCHT understands that the Police ushered away monks who were in attendance of the sick cow, and the head farmer was kept talking, while a lethal injection was given to the cow.

Sanjay Jagatia, General Secretary of NCHT said “Cows are sacred to Hindus, and the killing of a cow is considered to be an outrageous act. The RSPCA had committed a serious infringement of the community’s right after giving a lethal injection to the cow”.

He added, “NCHT will be raising this issue on behalf of all the Hindu Temples across the UK, with the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP-Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, sympathetic MPs, the Head of DEFRA and the RSPCA”.

According to reports, the RSPCA had been given a warrant to gain access into the Manor and said that notifying members of the Temple prior to administering the injection would have been contrary to their aims.

This is shocking and duplicitous behaviour” said Gauri Das, the head of the community. “We have been deceived by those who had given us their word. The killing was conducted despite personal assurances given the previous day from RSPCA officers and police that due to religious sensitivities no immediate action would be taken to kill the cow. It was for this reason that, the previous day, the RSPCA together with local Hertfordshire police, had visited the Temple and engaged in lengthy discussions with us. They expressed their sensitivities, and the police gave us their assurances that we would be given time to pursue a legal recourse.”

The cow was sick but had no disease. She was being cared for by Temple residents and visiting worshippers, and was being administered pain relief.

Bhaktivedanta Manor, Letchmore Heath, Watford, runs ‘The Cow Protection Project’ and allows old cows and bulls to die naturally.

Head Farm Manager and former Royal Marine Stuart Coyle explained: “Gangotri was unable to walk, but due to her condition there was some tolerable discomfort”.

Sudarshan Bhatia, President of NCHT concluded “we appeal to the Hindu community across the UK to show their support and raise their concerns of this despicable action by the Authorities”

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