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29-01-2014

AFFCAP to certify Iskcon Goshalas in India

                   

 

                                         International Society for Krishna Consciousness
             Founder Acharya : His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

 

Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.


                                                         IMPORTANT NOTICE
We would like to bring to your kind attention that at the recent meeting of the ISKCON India Advisory Council (IIAC) it was decided that all ISKCON centers having any number of cows, bulls or calves must register their centre and each individual animal with the Ahimsa Foundation for Cattle Protection (AFFCAP).

AFFCAP is a body that regulates goshalas and keeps a database on every animal. The trustees are Basu Ghosh Das, Revati Raman Das, Pancaratna Das, Durga Singh, Rajesh Lashkery, and Peeyush Gupta. The Executive Secretary is Vyapaka Das.

The purpose of ISKCON’s affiliation with AFFCAP is to ensure that no animals are going missing from any ISKCON farm or temple. In that way we ensure that ISKCON is not responsible for the slaughter of any animals. Once you join AFFCAP you cannot give away animals or sell animals to a non-AFFCAP farm or entity. You must keep all the animals you breed or transfer them to an AFFCAP farm only. Every birth and death must be registered. In this way we know exactly how many animals there are in ISKCON and where they are at any given time. We cannot continue to exploit mother cow by taking her milk and selling her young.

AFFCAP will do an inspection of each individual farm at least once a year to check that the animals recorded are in fact maintained for the satisfaction of your donors.

You may go online to the AFFCAP website (affcap.org) and read the rules and regulations and the Cattle Protection Standards. You will find the Farm Registration form and the Individual Animal Registration from there. There is a Power Point presentation you may like to go through.

So far ISKCON Jaipur, ISKCON Kanpur, ISKCON Vrindavana, Sheetala Mata Goshala, Shree Vrindavana Goshala Jaipur, Durga Singh Goshala Madawa, and Shree Gopal have been registered with the herd ear tagged and inspections complete. ISKCON Tirupati, ISKCON Baroda and ISKCON Mayapur are under process.

There are some minimal yearly charges for registration, ear tags and inspection which we know you will understand, as this is for the benefit for the cows. It is up to ISKCON to set the standard for cow protection, and therefore we are seeking your cooperation.

If you have any queries you may contact Vyapaka Prabhu (Executive Secretary) from the website or you can contact me directly on pancaratnadas@gmail.com

Please do see the need of the hour as it is one of the desires of Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krishna that the cows are properly protected and maintained. We look forward to your quick response. Our team of dedicated devotees is waiting to serve you.

Your servant,

Panacaratna Das
Managing Trustee
AFFCAP

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