There is a lot of talk about planting trees and reducing carbon footprint of automobiles but there is another contributing factor to global warming and it is so compelling that The United Nations Environment Program has dubbed it a ‘climate harmful meat” It states ” In terms of greenhouse gas emissions the consumption of 1 kg beef is equivalent to driving an automobile to a distance of 160 km.
Prof Tim Benton of the University of Leeds, UK has said “The biggest intervention people could make towards reducing their carbon footprint (emission of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases) would not be to abandon cars, but to eat significantly less red meat.
The popular meat (beef) requires 28 times more land for its production than pork or chicken, Compared to staples like potatoes, wheat and rice, the impact of beef per calories is even more extreme, requiring 160 times more land and producing 11 times more greenhouse gases.
Our scriptures, saints and great men have declared the cow to be venerable and fit for receiving service, and hence inspired us to tend and protect it with the objective that society may gain its unique physical, celestial and spiritual benefits.
A verse from the Rigveda states “Do not inflict blows on cows for slaughtering them”
Science has now come to acknowledge numerous benefits of the cows, as also the hazardous results of cow slaughter. How harmful cow slaughter is to the climate has been proved through various scientific researches.
The popular meat (beef) requires 28 times more land for its production than pork or chicken, 11 times more water and results in 5 times more climate-warming emissions. Compared to staples like potatoes, wheat and rice, the impact of beef per calories is even more extreme, requiring 160 times more land and producing 11 times more greenhouse gases. This generates global warming which causes severe droughts in many parts of the world, devastating hurricanes and coastal flooding in low-lying areas due to the sea-level rising. In 2015 the world’s total beef production was 58, 443,000 metric tonnes; while in India the fifth largest producer of beef in the world, it was 4,200,000 metric tonnes.
Prohibition of cow slaughter is today not only a subject of religious taboos but is also essential to the protection of the environment. Well wishers of mankind, Indian saints and great men have been protecting cows and guiding others to do the same since ancient times. Now, modern scientists and researchers are also acknowledging the hazards associated with cow slaughter and beef consumption.
Everyone must make effort as per one s capacity to stop slaughter of cows leaving aside personal financial benefits and narrow mindedness and at least create awareness among their neighbors and friends without fail.