What is ISCOWP?
The International Society for Cow Protection, Inc. (ISCOWP) was incorporated in the USA, March 1990, as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. William and Irene Dove (Balabhadra das and Chayadevi dasi) are its managing directors. They are disciples of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Through their spiritual master’s teachings, they have imbibed the practices and benefits, both spiritual and material, of lifetime cow protection.
Current ISCOWP Managing Directors
ISCOWP Mission Statement
ISCOWP’s primary concern is to present alternatives to agricultural practices that support and depend upon the meat industry’s slaughter of innocent animals, specifically the cow. To this end, ISCOWP presents the practices and philosophy of compassionate cow protection which includes dietary change supportive of cow protection and training oxen (male cows or steers) to replace farm machinery and thereby show an alternative to their slaughter. The tenets of cow protection are universal and nonsectarian, available to all regardless of race, creed, or nationality.
- To systematically educate all people in the practice of cow protection in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.
- To bring the members of the Society together with each other, thus developing the idea within the members, and humanity at large, the great necessity and benefit of recognizing the cow as the mother who gives milk to the human society and the bull as the father whose labor in the field produces food for humanity in the form of grains and vegetables.
- To teach and encourage peaceful dietary practices based on cruelty-free lacto-vegetarianism.
- To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching and establishing a simple agrarian lifestyle based on a cow-human-land relationship and utilizing the principle of cruelty free, lifetime protection toward all God’s creatures, especially the cows and bulls.
With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes, to publish and distribute periodicals, books and other writings.