Happy rescued cows run for joy when they hear the call to fresh grass in the new pasture. Watch them enjoy a life they would have never lived. Rescued by ISCOWP members, they will never go to the veal factory or a torturous life in the dairy industry. Due to rotational grazing, ISCOWP rotates the cows between two main pastures providing fresh grass for the cows monthly. So except during the winter months, when the grass doesn’t grow, they have plenty of fresh grass to eat.
Your generosity completed the first Matching Gift Challenge for $25,000 and half the second Challenge for $25,000 ($12,500)! Thank you so much! We are so grateful for your support which has enabled us to continue protecting cows for 31 years. Together we are protecting and serving the cows because without you we could not carry on. Thank you!
Happy Diwali to you! Diwali is a five-day joyous festival including Govardhana Puja, the celebration of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhana Hill to protect the cows and Vrindaban residents from tumultuous storms. Diwali comes in the middle of the holy month of Karthik. During this period, devotees observe fasts, light up ghee lamps, do charity and take a dip in a holy river.
Since protecting cows is an irreplaceable aspect of the Hindu/Vedic culture, charity to the cows at this auspicious time renders the donor spiritual and material benefits. Therefore, please consider giving in charity to the cows or Adopt A Cow at this auspicious time to help finish the second Challenge. And the Matching Gift Challenge will match your gift and double its value for the cows! Don’t forget ISCOWP is a 501(c3) organization, and therefore your gift is tax-deductible EIN # 23-2604082. Thank you!
Cows are currently the most common domesticated ungulate (hoofed mammal) found wherever humans live. In 2016 the number of cows globally was estimated at nearly one billion animals. India, Brazil, and China have the most significant populations (maintaining approximately one-third of all cows).
Cows were first domesticated between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago from the aurochs (B. taurus primigenius), a wild species of cattle that once ranged across Eurasia. The wild aurochs became extinct in the early 1600s, the result of overhunting and loss of habitat due to the spread of agriculture (and domestic herds).
About the Meat and Dairy Industry
About half of the calves produced by dairy cows are male and therefore not valuable for milk production. So, the dairy sells male calves for beef or to veal farms that raise them in small pens isolated from other animals. Due to animal welfare organizations like the Humane Society of the United States, seven states have passed laws banning veal crates, the smallest of these enclosures: Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, and Rhode Island. Also, the EU and Canada have banned veal crates, and Australia never used them.