Legends’ Sayings on Cows

“No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.”
- Dr APJ Abdul Kalam (Dr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) was the 11th President of India. A career scientist turned reluctant politician, he spent four decades mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India's civilian space program and military missile development efforts. He thus came to be known as the Missile Man of India. He received several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour)

“Cow is the foundation of our economy.”
- Gyani Zail Singh (7th President of India (1982) and Chief Minister of Punjab (1972). His presidency was marked by Operation Blue Star, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He repatriated the remains of Shaheed Udham Singh from London, armaments and articles belonging to Guru Gobind Singh)

“Since the cruel killing of cows and other animal have commenced, I have anxiety for the future generation.”
- Lala Lajpat Rai (1865–1928) (Popularly known as "The Lion of Punjab", was an Indian politician chiefly remembered for fight for independence. He died due to serious injuries by the police when leading a non-violent protest against the Simon Commission. Seeking revenge for his death, Bhagat Singh was involved in the murder of British police officer John Saunders and soon after, together with Batukeshwar Dutt, he undertook a successful effort to throw two bombs and leaflets inside the Central Legislative Assembly while shouting the slogan of REVOLUTION)

The first section of Indian Constitution should be on prohibition for Cow slaughter."
- Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya (1861–1946) (An Indian educationist and politician notable for his role in the Indian independence movement and his espousal of Hindu nationalism. Later in life, he was also addressed as 'Mahamana')

"Cow protection is the eternal dharma of India."
- Dr. Rajendra Prasad (1st President of India)

"One cow in its life time can feed 4,10,440 people once a day while its meat is sufficient only for 80 people"
- Swami Dayanand Saraswati

“As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.”
- Joan Dye Gussow (Professor, author, food policy expert, environmentalist and a gardener. The New York Times has called her the "matriarch of the eat-locally-think-globally food movement.")

“Mother cow is in many ways better than the mother who gave us birth. Our mother gives us milk for a couple of years and then expects us to serve her when we grow up. Mother cow expects from us nothing but grass and grain. Our mother often falls ill and expects service from us. Mother cow rarely falls ill. Here is an unbroken record of service which does not end with her death. Our mother, when she dies, means expenses of burial or cremation. Mother cow is as useful dead as when she is alive. We can make use of every part of her body her flesh, her bones, her intestines, her horns and her skin. Well, I say this not to disparage the mother who gives us birth, but in order to show you the substantial reasons for my worshipping the cow.”
- Mahatma Gandhi (Taken from Harijan (English weekly journal), 15.09.1940, p. 281
Harijan was an English weekly journal founded by Gandhiji and published under the auspices of the Harijan Sevak Sangh, Poona, and from 1942, by the Navajivan Trust, Ahmedabad. The weekly suspended publication in 1940 during the "Individual Satyagraha"; resumed in January 1942, but stopped appearing during the Quit India Struggle. It reappeared in 1946.)

"THE COW is a poem of pity. One reads pity in the gentle animal. She is the mother to millions of Indian mankind. Protection of the cow means protection of the whole dumb creation of God. The ancient seer, whoever he was, began with the cow. The appeal of the lower order of creation is all the more forcible because it is speechless."
- Mahatma Gandhi (Taken from "Young India", Oct 6, 1921, p.36. An English journal, published from Bombay as a bi-weekly, under Gandhiji's supervision from May 7, 1919, and as a weekly from Ahmedabad, with Gandhiji as editor from Oct 8, 1919. Source: The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi, c.81: Cow Protection, ISBN 81-7229-149-3)

“Protection of the cow and the bullock is a characteristic of the Indian social philosophy....
We have included the cow as a member in the family. True, we have not followed this principle in practice fully. We merely pay respect to the cow but do not look after it so well as they do in the Western countries. Nevertheless we have deep regard for it and consider it worthy of our care and protection in the same way as the human members of the family. We do not drive out the latter when they grow old. In the same way, though we make full use of the cow and the bullock - take milk, get our fields ploughed, use the dung for manure, and use even their hides after they are dead - we do not kill them. But now we must link up this regard with a scientific attitude. Superstitious respect will not do. We must open good dairy forms, Gosadans, and the wealthy amongst us should come forward to provide for the upkeep of decrepit cattle.”
- Thoughts expressed by Acharya Vinoba Bhave (Taken from 1981 published book - "Selections from Vinoba", written by Vishwanath Tandon)

“Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.”
- Thomas Penson De Quincey (An English essayist, best known for his autobiography "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater)

"All the good ideas I have had, came to me while I was milking a cow."
- Grant DeVolson Wood (An American painter, best known for his paintings depicting the rural American midWest.)

"A dead cow or sheep lying in a pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of a carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher's stall passes as food."
- John Harvey Kellogg (An American medical doctor, who ran a sanitarium using holistic methods. Best known for the invention of the corn flakes breakfast cereal with his brother, Will Keith Kellogg)