Welcome to ISKCON GBC Ministry of Cow Protection & Agriculture
Established in 1998, the Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture has been inspiring, educating and advising ISKCON cow protection centers and farms on developing sustainable projects based on caring for cows and the proper utilization of land.
Today, ISKCON operates with over 100 farms and goshalas around the globe, with innumerable affiliate projects. It is our hope and ultimate faith that the connection with Mother Earth and mother cow will become a visible and divine reality for the spiritual upliftment of humanity.
Not only does cow protection provide a much needed rise in the consciousness of the entire world, but as a movement named, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, cow protection is at the very heart of what ISKCON stands for. Afterall, as Srila Prabhupada often said, “cow protection is one of the main items for the Krishna consciousness movement.”
“If human society wants to be exalted, the leaders of society must follow the instructions of Bhagavad-gītā and give protection to the cows, the brāhmaṇas and brahminical culture.”
“Krishna said at that time that the cows are worshiped even by the demigods, and He practically demonstrated how to protect the cows. At least people who are in Krishna consciousness should follow in His footsteps and give all protection to the cows. Cows are worshiped not only by the demigods. Kṛṣṇa Himself worshiped the cows on several occasions, especially on the days of Gopāṣṭamī and Govardhana-pūjā.”
–Nectar of Devotion
“The proprietor of all land, the maintainer of all land, to give pleasure to the people of all land, is Govinda, Kṛṣṇa. And He is the protector, and pleasing to the cows. You have seen many pictures of Kṛṣṇa, He is a loving cow. Why not another animal? Why particularly cow? Because cow protection is the most important business of human society.”
WHAT WE DO
The ISKCON Ministry of Cow Protection is dedicated to spreading not only awareness of cow protection as much as possible, but also to providing assistance and opportunities to both existing and up-and-coming cow protection communities. The ministry is currently aiming to:
“This Krishna consciousness movement is for the protection of brahminical culture and cows. Then automatically, the peace of the world will come, if these two things are done.”