Constitution of India mandates the protection of cows in India. ... Because cow slaughtering is only legal in two Indian states, cows must be transported around the country in rather poor conditions, usually train or by foot.
This lack of sacredness toward the cows alarms many animal activists and some dedicated Hindus.
- Cow is worshipped in temples as Go Matha and its dung is used in biogas and as manure and for preparing compost.
- Its urine is considered a Go Muthra and used in auspicious functions and in medicines and Pancha kavya manure.
- Cow when alive gives milk and its milk is preferred for infants.
- Its skin is used as leather for many products.
- It horns are used for decoration.
- Man , who uses all these is only the user . In the Vedas, the oldest of the Hindu scriptures, the cow is respected.
- India has 37 pure cattle breeds.
- Five of these — Sahiwal, Gir, Red Sindhi, Tharparkar and Rathi — are known for their milking prowess.
- A few others, such as Kankrej, Ongole and Hariana, belong to dual breeds that have both milch and draught qualities; ie, they are good plough animals.
- The rest are pure draught breeds.