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  • USDA Loan Benefits New Devotee Farmers in Gita Nagari Area

    Gita Nagari is a 350-acre farm, established in 1974 to fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s instruction that city temples should be affiliated with farm projects.

  • Farm Conference Celebrates 50 Years of Cow Protection in ISKCON

    The conference ran from October 4th to 6th in New Vrindaban, West Virginia, where ISKCON’s first cow protection program started in Spring 1969 with a black Jersey, “Kaliya,” named by Srila Prabhupada himself.

  • Indian High Court Declares Animals Legal Persons Entitled to Justice

    The High Court of Punjab and Haryana has ordered that animals are now to be considered legal persons in the Indian state of Haryana. This means that animals in the state may no longer be treated as “objects” or “property” and are “entitled to justice.”

  • New Book Brings Cow Care Into Serious Discussion in Academia and Beyond

    Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics, a new book by ISKCON guru and scholar Krishna Kshetra Swami, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in early 2020.  The work is set to make caring for cows, in the spirit of devotion, a serious topic of discussion in academia worldwide. 

  • International Farm Conferences Bear Fruit Worldwide

    Since 2016, the ISKCON Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture has been organizing farm conferences all over the world, to share best practices, create networks, and inspire new projects. Now the fruits are starting to show, with more exciting plans on the way.

  • Deity Worship and Cow Protection: GBC Discusses How to Improve Standards in March 10th Meeting

    People who appreciate proper standards of Deity worship tend to look to ISKCON as an example. Over the years, ISKCON has established a reputation of having high standards of Deity worship. However, the Deity Worship Ministry warned the GBC that if proper care is not taken to maintain and improve standards of worship, this reputation could slip. 

  • New Govardhana to Open-State-of-the-Art Goshala for Cow Protection

    Cow protection has been going on at Australia's thousand-acre farm in some form since its establishment in 1977.

  • Ox Training Seminar in New Vraja Dhama, Hungary

    While recognizing cow protection as an important branch of our Krishna Conscious society, training and working with the oxen remains to many an ideal yet to be achieved. The upcoming Ox Training Seminar to be held in New Vraja Dhama, Hungary between April 17thand 24th, will shed more light on this important, yet less practiced side of cow protection. 

  • Devotee Company Creates Ayurvedic Personal Care Items From Cow Products

    A devotee-owned company, Ra Vino Industries, based in Mumbai has created a line of personal and home care products with Ayurvedic properties, using the panchagavyas – milk, ghee, curd, dung and urine – of indigenous cows.

  • Alachua Eco Farm Celebrates Simple Living at Fall Festival

    About 350 people streamed in through the rustic cob entranceway of ISKCON Alachua’s Eco Teaching Farm on October 27th, buzzing and excited to attend its third annual Fall Festival and learn more about simple living and higher thinking. 

  • Paramahamster: Bring Your Dog To Work

    Our "Paramahamster" comic strip follows an enthusiastic devotee as he navigates a 9 - 5 work day in the corporate world. Please check back weekly for new episodes!

  • Care For Cows to Celebrate Kurma Rupa Dasa’s Service to the Cows of Vrindavana

    The founder and director of Care for Cows expired due to cancer in 2015 at the age of 67. But the organization he started continues to support and care for destitute and abandoned cows in Lord Krishna’s holy land of Vrindavana, India.

  • Cow Culture Conference 2018 – California

    On Sunday, May 20, 2018, a conference on Cow Culture was held at the India Community Center, Milpitas, California, USA, organized by the Om Sri Surabhi Campaign.

  • Paramahamster: Ayurvedic Doctor - Part 2

    Our "Paramahamster" comic strip follows an enthusiastic devotee as he navigates a 9 - 5 work day in the corporate world. Please check back weekly for new episodes!

  • “Sri Surabhi” App Launching

    The Sri Surabhi App will serve mainly as a “friend raiser” involving devotees in various activities related to the OM Sri Surabhi Campaign as well as a “fund raiser” (to support local village/rural projects and campaign initiatives.

  • Mayapur's Primary Citizens

     The Mayapur Goshala is a very peaceful and serene place, allowing anyone who comes to have a wonderful experience of offering service and worship.

  • Hari the Ox Star

    This video shows Balabhadra (ISCOWP president William E. Dove) with students Chaitanya Connor and Hari the ox. The location is at our old farm in West Virginia now owned by ECOV-Vrindaban. The occasion was the meeting of the North American ISKCON Farm Conference. Showing what Hari can do in his first stages of training was the emphasis of the Ox Training Seminar Balabhadra gave. The purpose of training oxen is to defeat the widespread opinion that the ox/steer is useless unless sold for meat. A video by ISCOWP.

  • The Story of Eight Rescued Calves

    This is the story of eight calves rescued by ISCOWP members. View them back in 2014 when they were first rescued and now in 2017 after living 3 years in a protected environment at ISCOWP Cow Sanctuary in Florida. A video by ISCOWP.

  • Priyavrata Loves Apple Slices and Leaves

    Priyavrata is a lover of sliced apple treats and tree leaves. Although there is plenty of grass to eat Priya likes to add to his diet. Priya has been quite peaceful and relaxed although he is king of the herd and has the personality to go with that position. He is also healthy and happy at the ISCOWP Sanctuary. A video by ISCOWP.

  • Paramahamster - Vegan

    Our "Paramahamster" comic strip follows an enthusiastic devotee as he navigates a 9 - 5 work day in the corporate world. Please check back weekly for new episodes!

  • ISKCON Farm Conference Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    The event showed how far ISKCON farms have come in networking and working together particularly over the last decade, with conferences now regularly organized in four continents by the GBC Ministry of Agriculture and Cow Protection.  Because the ISKCON Farm Conference began in Europe in 2008, however, the 10th anniversary event focused on European farms. 

  • Training Oxen by Voice Commands Lesson 3

    This is lesson 3 teaching the voice commands Get Up and Whoa. More lessons to come. These lessons will take the viewer through the training process from infancy to adulthood or full working capacity. The goal is to show the usefulness of the ox as an alternative to his slaughter. A video by ISCOWP.

  • Training Oxen by Voice Commands Lesson 2 - The Halter

    The main reason to be teaching oxen how to do useful work and obey commands is to show their usefulness as an alternative to their slaughter. This video is Part 2 of a series by William E. Dove (president of ISCOWP and also known as Balabhadra das), who is available to answer any questions about the training process ( More lessons will be coming soon. 

  • Calves Happily Reunited

    A calf just saved from being dehorned and branded is in the trailer entering the International Society for Cow Protection (also known as ISCOWP) Florida farm. Her name is Draupadi Amba. Another calf saved from the same fate and from the same breeder is already at the ISCOWP farm. Her name is Sri Vasanti and Draupadi is about to be reunited with her. A video by Chaya Devi of ISCOWP.

  • Training Oxen -- Lesson 1: Become Friends

    This is the first in a series of lessons that ISCOWP plan to publish with the intent that someone who watches them should attain a good idea of how to train oxen by voice commands from the beginning of their oxen's lives to their maturity. A video by Chaya Devi.

  • Spring in Krishna-valley: Happy Cows Grazing for The First Time

    Krishna-valley, Hungary, is one of the main cow-protection centers in Europe. This video by Kunjabihari Dasi captures the happy moments when the cows are let out to graze on the fields for the first time, after a long cold winter.

  • Visit of Budapest Accredited Diplomats to Krishna Valley, Hungary

    To spread awareness of the importance of cows for a peaceful society, the devotees at New Vraja Dham organise a special festival every spring to celebrate the first grazing of the cows after a cold winter. 

  • ISKCON Golden Jubilee - Proposed Global Go Puja on January 1

    ISKCON Daiva Varnashrama Ministry invites all ISKCON Temples and ISKCON Centers to perform a special Go-Puja to Mother Surabhi on January 1, 2016.

  • Kurma Rupa: A Life of Service to Krishna’s Cows and Devotees

    Kurma Rupa was born to Mexican parents and grew up in New York. At 21, he was drafted for the Vietnam War. “While I was in the army, I prayed for the first time in my life,” he recalls in the recent short film ‘My Part of the Bargain.’ “I prayed very intensely that, ‘My dear God, if you save me from having to go to war, then I will figure out how to serve you.’”

  • Cows Love Trombone

    Music and video by Farmer Derek Klingenberg. 

  • Letting the cows out at Bhaktivedanta Manor 2015

    An annual ceremony at ISKCON's Bhaktivedanta Manor, Watford, UK that takes place every Spring and is all about releasing Lord Krishna's cows onto the fields.

  • ISKCON Extends Its Support to Ban on Slaughter of Cows

    ISKCON's Govardhan Ecovillage is saying that rearing these animals would add much more to the economy rather than killing them.

  • His Name Is Khan, He Wants a Ban on Cow Slaughter Across India

    He is a kathavachak (narrator of religious lore) with a difference. A devout Muslim by birth, Faiz Khan is a firm believer in the need to protect cows. 

  • India's Maharashtra State Bans Beef

    The Indian president has approved a bill which bans the slaughter of cows and the sale and consumption of beef in the western state of Maharashtra.