Syamakunda: Prabhupada, yesterday in this book it said that when a cow gets so old, the most economic solution to do with it is not to waste the meat, that it should be slaughtered.
Prabhupada: Hm?
Syamakunda: The karmis, they say that its… When you have this cow that won’t give any more milk and its teeth are rotten where its going to die — it can’t hardly eat properly — that it’s a waste to not use that meat to feed people. It should be slaughtered.
Prabhupada: I have written?
Pusta Krsna: No. He’s saying in a karmi book.
Syamakunda: They say that the economically proper thing to do is to kill the cow after it, er, and not waste the meat.
Prabhupada: And who will take? When he’ll die, who will take his meat? That is also economical. Why don’t you give it to the animal-eaters instead of wasting it? Why they bury in the ground? Why? Let it be thrown eating by the jackals or anybody else.
Syamakunda: The people should eat their…, the people, then, according to that philosophy, right?
Prabhupada: No, when man is dead, why the economic calculation is not taken? Hm?
Devotee (2): Because they think it is animallike.
Prabhupada: Animal or a man, when it is dead, then it is the same value. Is there any difference of value between the animal body and man’s body?
Devotee (2): They think it is barbaric.
Prabhupada: “They think,” but you think like human being.
Pusta Krsna: But the animal has no soul.
Prabhupada: Soul or not soul, when the body is dead, is there any difference of value?
Syamakunda: Well, it doesn’t seem human to eat a human.
Prabhupada: This is nonsense, the rascal’s nonsense.
Hari-sauri: It’s too horrifying for them to contemplate that they may start eating each other.
Pusta Krsna: Or their family dog.
Dhrstadyumna: Or their grandmother.
Syamakunda: But if it was wrapped up in a package and they didn’t know it was the dog or their mother, they could probably eat it.
Prabhupada: Yes, they can eat by packing.

Morning Walk — June 27, 1976, New Vrindaban