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If and when animal dung is used for composting of large plantations it is often provided by the dairy and chicken farms. It is ploughed into the soil on which our vegetarian food is grown. The subtle energy of suffering, abuse and neglect will be absorbed by the plants from which our food is produced. Hormones, antibiotics and chemicals will do the rest to destroy our health and without knowing it we are part of a system we want to change.
Certified organic produce is not necessarily cruelty/slaughter free. The source of the compost and urine used for natural fertilizer and pesticide must be considered. Manure and urine taken from local farmers or dairy farms is not cruelty free nor slaughter free and most probably contaminated with hormones, antibiotics and adulterated feed residue.
Karuna’s organic produce is not only organic, it has the additional value of animal welfare and slaughter-free products.
The importance of the Indian “Holy Cow” becomes crystal clear in this context and also shows the meaning of ‘sathwic’ food, which provides physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
To produce healthy food that is good for people, animals and the earth alike, we also need the Holy Cow’s “Holy By-products” unpolluted by stress, cruelty and fear of death – HOLY DUNG.
Karuna wants special attention, protection, support and appreciation for these animals, their owners, and the by-products from the dung and urine for Ayurvedic medicine. Our lives, mentally, physically and even morally, depend on the quality of the food which is produced with their support.
Karuna supports all organic faming with compost and other byproducts from animals whose integrity is not destroyed.
Rescued Cattle at Karuna’s Ahimsa Farm
Karuna has defined the rights of the rescued cattle following our growing awareness about the rights of animals.
From the time of domestication there has been an equally beneficial bond of generosity and friendship between humans and cows for the sake of survival, food production, medicine and mutual well-being. This relationship has slowly deteriorated to misuse of power and the cattle’s abuse/exploitation for profit.
The rights of cattle at Karuna’s Ahimsa Farm
- Sufficient food
- Free movement
- The cow feeds her own calf
- Medical care
- Natural death
Buffaloes at Karuna
Buffaloes at Karuna
At Karuna, apart from the local cattle, we also have rescued buffaloes. Buffaloes are not utilized in this area for agriculture, rather only for milk and meat. Local farmers and dairies starve their male calves so that they can monopolise the cow’s milk and then sell them off to the leather industry or use them for animal sacrifice or slaughter them simply in the field.
At present Karuna cares for and maintains more than 50 young male buffaloes all of who were born here.
Karuna has decided not to continue with the milk from buffaloes as this requires buffalo reproduction. All male buffaloes in Karuna’s herd have been castrated. Karuna continues to accept rescued buffaloes.