I want to go on record as stating that I had no advance knowledge of the purchase by ? in New Vrindaban of the 10 cows that arrived yesterday.

I was not consulted on this purchase.

There was no advance public discussion of this purchase wherein I could have offered my opinion.

The fact I have an ongoing and active interest in cow protection is well established. See numerous articles over the decades on several devotee publications and the attention I have paid to cows on my own blog, this being the 92nd post in the category of Cows and Environment. Although lately I have broadened the topic to include general issues of Land and Cows, the first 80 or so in the category are exclusively about cows.

I have worked both directly and indirectly with cows and in support of cows in New Vrindaban for 34 years.

I was unable to sleep the night after I heard about these new cows from Ray, the local employee who does the majority of the actual work of caring for NV’s cows.

I have some questions about this purchase that have not been addressed by any announcement.

Why is the first time I heard of this from Ray?

Who is committed to take the responsibility for the management of the lifetime care of these 10 cows?

What staffing has been added to care for these cows? Additional cows require additional staffing.

What arrangement have been made to assure continued qualified staffing for the 20 year life expectancy of these cows?

What arrangement has been made for the financial security of these cows for the next twenty years? While milk may (or may not) cover the bills for the first year, what of the 19 years after that?

Where will the calves be cared for? There is no currently existing calf care facility. The two current calves are housed in the birthing pen at the temple barn.

Who will train the oxen that will be born? Cow protection mandates the oxen being trained, otherwise it is simply milk production.

This is not an all inclusive list of questions I have.

While I hesitated to address this issue in public, as there is no other obvious channel to do so, I had no choice.

I approached the Board of Trustees and they had no knowledge of this purchase.

Kirtananada also was very eager to add cows, but when reality set in, he abandoned them and we are still, 15 years later, caring for many of the cows he caused to be birthed. They are cared for industrially. While a tribute to those who stayed the course and at least maintained the minimum despite all odds against them, this is not a standard that should be perpetuated.

Regardless of popular opinion, it was Kirtanananda’s lack of committement to care for the cows he brought into the community that was the internal cause of his going to prison.