Ahimsa Foundation for Cattle Protection

Why get your cow protection facility (goshalla) certified?

The Ahimsa Foundation for Cattle Protection (AFFCAP) works with goshalas in implementing a broad standard of cow care. The process begins with the goshala providing details of their care of the herd, followed by a visit to the goshala by an AFFCAP inspector. If the goshala is found to be following the AFFCAP standard, it is awarded Ahimsa certification.

An excerpt from an article written by Maneka Gandhi of People for Animals reveals a challenge which goshallas face as a result of activities performed by corrupt goshallas. She writes:
      The cows in the gaushalas are not any better off. Most of the gaushala managers who have been gifted the land by the government to protect cows, now run them as dairies for their own milk. The Balkeshwar gaushala in Agra has a tie up with butchers who take the non milking cows every month. In Mathura, the home of Krishna and the cows, you cannot find a single calf in any gaushala as they have all been sold because the milk of their mothers is for the gaushala managers.

This article was reproduced on web sites around the world. As a result of this and other articles, the public is aware that not all goshallas are what they seem. Therefore, it has become difficult for true cow supporters to distinguish themselves from imposters. For this reason, the goshalla certification program has begun.

Some of the benefits of Ahimsa certification are that it provides assurance that your facility is:

  • Committed to cow protection
  • That you are following an accepted nationwide standard of cow care 
  • You are a recognized member of the ethical goshalla movement. 
  • Guarantees the authenticity of your cow protection program
  • Provides a network of protected herds to give, sell or trade one’s protected cows.
  • By increasing the public’s faith in ethical goshallas, they are encouraged to provide support to the true cow protector. 
  • This provides inspiration and encouragement to the supporters of the cow protection movement.
  • AFFCAP publicizes its activities and members over the Internet and media resulting in bringing an international community of donors to your doorstep.

Certification to an accepted standard is common within professional and industrial fields and its importance is widely understood. Certifying a goshalla to a common third-party standard defines it as a true cow protector while providing stability and credibility to the goshalla movement. It is a win-win situation for both goshallas and the public who are concerned about cow protection.

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