RE: Hair & Such
Posted Friday, March 7, 2014 at 12:21 AM
This is a good topic you both are addressing: the dairy and consumption of it, in India.
This frustrates me and I don't know if India is a country that can be vegan because of this...because of the history and sacred nature of the cow, and people may not be so willing to change their ways. (hopefully I am wrong in assuming it!)
This is probably because of the culture and religion - in Hinduism, the cow is sacred, so all the dairy is considered a gift from a sacred being that again, has strong religious ties. So everything from yogurt to milk to paneer (indian cheese) is consumed, but it is so different today I think, than maybe in the past when the treatment of the cows was more humane. Now I truly believe, that even India resorts to artificial insemination and with modern times, it's not what it used to be. I don't think it's very humane nowadays, the way the dairy industry works there (although the cows are still seen as sacred, it's again just not what it used to be.)
I've given up trying to convince my 1st generation Indian parents so, I am just trying my own part and hopefully in time, more of India will see that the real sacred gift is to give up the cow's milk for the cows!