Q: Why do Sikhs consume dairy as Guru Granth Sahib ji states we should not harm or torture animals?
by Ace | 2016-08-29 13:39:34
We have to inseminate cows to get milk and that milk is for their babies so isn't it stealing? Also we are reducing the life span of cow by doing this?
Milk products do come from cows and buffaloes. Cows do produce a lot more milk than other mammals, measured in liters or gallons per cow. This is why cows are preferred. Sikh Guru did consume milk and milk product such as butter and kheer (rice pudding cooked in milk). This is because milking a cow does not go into killing the cow or harming the cow. Cows and Buffaloes were (and still are by some) very cared for. People built shelters for them, bathed them, fed them with all natural food, and cared for them. It is not stealing, it is a mutual benefit, which also exists in other species.
We are not reducing the lifespan of the cow by doing so, rather we do increase the lifespan of the cow with proper care and treatment of the cow's health. However, in our modern society, dairy production is very commercialized. Animals do suffer, which is not right. Using hormones, and products to make cows produce more milk is inherently wrong. So, keeping this in mind, only organic milk should be consumed which is free of all chemicals and hormones and does not go into harming the animals.