Protecting natural habitats, as to preserve God’s work. In addition to the protection of the cows, our community also places great emphasis on the protection of the natural environment. The Krishna Valley ecovillage itself and the followers represent such timeless values in Hungary as simplicity, the pursuit of self-sufficiency, and a return to the traditional way of life of our ancestors. Through all this, we are closely connected to the aspirations that are also present in Hungary: to live in harmony with Mother Nature.
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Protecting cows is a religious duty of every Krishna believer. One of the largest cow protection centers in Europe, called Gosala in Sanskrit, is located in the Krishna Valley. The barn, and the covered paddocks around it were built in 1994, they can house 30 cows and 30 oxen in ahimsa conditions. The cows give 25,000 liters of milk a year, which is used during temple worship, and in the cheese manufactory. Dairy products fully meet the needs of the families living in the valley. Of the 100 hectares of land belonging to the dairy farm, 70 hectares are pasture and 30 hectares are arable land. The oxen work 5,000 hours a year and are involved in logging, forage harvesting, freight and passenger transportation, field work, threshing, and more.
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The tradition of cow protection means not only that we do not consume meat, but also that we provide humane conditions for cows. Experience shows that those cattle, that can live in peace under such conditions, provide much more milk and provide it for a longer period of time. Cow protection extends to elderly animals, we take care of the aged cattle for the rest of their lives, just like we care for the elderly people and our loved ones.
We see the cattle breeding of our time for profit as exploitation, and ingratitude towards the animals that feed humanity with their milk. Therefore, we do not use dairy products in our centers, that do not come from non-violent farming.
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