Krishna's Cows

Making slaughter-free milk a reality across Britain

Krishna's Cows

Making slaughter-free milk a reality across Britain

Krishna's Cows

Making slaughter-free milk a reality across Britain
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Krishna's Cows is our cow protection project in collaboration with Ahimsa Dairy Foundation in Rutland.

Many wonder why the Vedic and Vaishnava cultures especially stress protection of the cow. The philosophical reason is simple: The cow is considered one of our mothers, as she gives us her milk and thus nutures our health and well being. Just as no civilized person would injure or kill their mother, the Vedas teach that to take milk from the cow and then kill her is the same as killing one’s mother. Similarly, the bull is considered like the father because the bull traditionally helps in the tilling of the fields, and thus is to be respected.

In ISKCON farms no cow, bull or calf is slaughtered. We look at innovative ways to work with the bull and engage their God-given strength in the service of others, under humane and loving conditions. Regardless of milk production, cows and bulls also produce dung and urine which is valuable as fertilizer, compost, some medicines, cleaning products and biogas fuel. In ISKCON farms they are sheltered in barns (goshala), wherein they are fed with healthy staple and are taken care of.

We believe protecting cows is a most important component of protecting the earth. According to the ancient Vedic texts the cow is the representative of Mother Earth. And, when the cow and the bull are mistreated, Mother Earth withdraws her bounty.

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The Ahimsa Dairy Foundation is a not-for-profit company that was set up to provide entirely slaughter-free milk. Until recently, we piloted our model and worked in partnership with an organic dairy and environmental charity in Kent called Commonwork, and with OMSco – the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative. We are now completely independent and have our own organic land in Rutland.

The inspiration behind the Ahimsa Dairy Foundation comes from the farm at Bhaktivedanta Manor, which is run by the Hare Krishna community and remains a unique experiment into what happens when dairy cows and their offspring are allowed to live productive lives instead of being exploited and sacrificed in the name of cheap milk.

No parent would like to see their children suffer. So why should we let cows and their calves suffer to feed our children industrialised milk, when there is a much better, healthier and more compassionate alternative?

At present our girls, who all have names, produce 23,000 of litres of milk a year. We distribute to the door in North West London and parts of Hertfordshire.

Cows are retired to join their friends in the non-milking herd when they are past milking age where they spend their days eating grass and chewing the cud.

We are looking at a variety of ways of working with bulls. These range from ploughing the land to producing electricity and milling flour.

Our mission is to make slaughter-free milk a reality and establish sustainable dairy farms across Britain, which give people a real ethical choice.


An opportunity has arisen to purchase 120 acres of land to expand the Ahimsa Dairy, so that they can get more cows and produce more slaughter-free milk. The land will be purchased by ISKCON-London and rented to Ahimsa Dairy Foundation to be able to provide milk for the worship of our Deities.


We are aiming to raise £1,000,000 to buy the 120 acres of land by July 1st 2020. We are relying on people like you who are inspired by this project, so please do support us.


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We are beginning a new project called Project Grow, an initiative to engage our community members in growing vegetables for Sri Sri Radha-Londonisvara. This can be done either in your gardens or local allotments.

Gardening is good fun, a learning experience and a good way to become more Krishna conscious. We have a team of devotees who can offer guidance if needed.

We would like to encourage devotees to grow food and donate 30-50% to the temple. There is a membership system and all donations will be recorded.

If you would like to take part in the project please contact Tarun Krishna dasa on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please join us in this endeavour – grow food for yourselves and for Sri Sri Radha Londonisvara, and in this way help to fulfil Srila Prabhupada’s desire.




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Srila Prabhupada
Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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