Not long ago, The Prabhupada Connection was contacted by author, Carl Hileman, who was planning to write a book about cows, entitled "Cows -- A Rumination." He wanted to include some quotes from Srila Prabhupada because he knew how much Srila Prabhupada emphasized the importance of cow protection in his literatures and preaching work. It was an honor to receive such a request and a testament to Srila Prabhupada's widespread influence in the greater society. Srila Prabhupada has become famous for his stance on the importance of cow protection and so we were more than happy to acquiesce to his respectful inquiry. On Page #107 of Carl Hileman's labor of love, "Cows -- A Rumination," published by Emmis Books of Cincinnati, Ohio, Carl has included his own choice of Srila Prabhupada's reflections on cow protection, apty entitled "The Divinity of Cows." Below is the above text reproduced for easier reading.
"The Lord is the protector of the cows and the Brahminical culture. A society devoid of cow protection and Brahminical culture is not under the direct protection of the Lord, just as the prisoners in the jails are not under the protection of the king but under the protection of a severe agent of the king. Without cow protection and cultivation of the Brahminical qualities in human society, at least for a section of the members of society, no human civilization can prosper at any length.
We must tend the cows very nicely so that they give us sufficient milk.
And with that milk we shall live.
From the writings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada