Reasons for Banning Cow Slaughter
The reason for banning cow slaughter and eating beef by the ancient societies was perhaps to save the animal that they had obtained by painstakingly tough experimentation and hard work. It is not surprising that cow is still worshipped by Hindus, Budhists, Sikhs and Jains in India and is called Gau Mata (mother cow), and beef eating is taboo. Cow slaughter was banned not only in India but also in several other countries from time to time. Cow is the national animal of Nepal which is a Hindu kingdom. Cow slaughter is banned in Iran, which is also perhaps the place of its origin. The ancient Egyptians sacrificed animals but not the cow, because it was sacred to goddess Hathor.
The beef ban is fairly widespread in Burma in Buddhist community. Burma has a State Religion Promotion Act, 1961 which bans slaughtering of cow nationwide.
In ancient China, beef eating was taboo, which was called, niú jiè in Chinese morality. Several Chinese morality books mention about cow protection and beef taboo. There has been beef taboo in Ancient Japan owing to Buddhist influence and to protect this highly useful animal.
In many parts of Indonesia Muslims do not slaughter cows or eat beef because their ancestors were Hindus who worshipped cow and called it mother cow.
According to Technology Review magazine, Cuba recently passed a law under which cow slaughter was made punishable with a jail term.
The widespread ban on cow slaughter in different countries indicates that cow was produced by special efforts by advanced civilisations at one place and then carried to different parts of the world along with migrating populations with the message that it should be protected and not used as food.
Involvement of Advanced Civilisations
All studies point to the origin of cow at a small place stretching from Indus Valley to Iran and that also from a small number of just 80 cattle heads. This cannot happen by catching a ferocious giant like Auroch from the wild and taming it to become docile and half the original size.
An advanced genetic manipulation must have been necessary to produce such drastic changes not only in size but also in behaviour and temperament of the animal. History does not give us any evidence about the scientific capabilities of ancient civilisations that flourished 10,000 years ago. They were perhaps the earliest settlers that left the nomadic hunting life and began cultivation and domestication of animals.
These people wanted an animal that could yield high quality milk and also help them in agriculture. It appears quite unlikely that the wild and aggressive animal like Auroch would have been the ideal candidate to domesticate and subjugate to the extent of being used in ploughing fields. However, some kind of genetic manipulation could have produced desirable traits in Aurochs and made possible their domestication.
Did ancient human populations have such advanced knowledge of genetics? There are evidences around the world that point to the existence of advanced civilisations that attained extraordinary feats such as building pyramids, Nezca lines, statues of Easter Islands and stone henge to name a few. Sumerian civilisation existed at around the same time when cow evolved, and archaeological evidences indicate that Sumerians possessed advanced knowledge of science and astronomy.
Thousands of clay tablets on which they inscribed their advanced knowledge of the world and space are housed in various museums across Europe. Sumerians mentioned on clay tablets that they were assisted by Gods (extraterrestrials) who descended from heaven and gave them advanced knowledge of science and astronomy, and also genetically manipulated plants and animals that were useful to mankind. Was cow produced by genetic manipulation of wild Auroch by these Gods?
Or was it brought from some other planet by these extraterrestrials to be given as a gift to mankind here. The fact that cow was treated by subsequent civilizations as a precious animal that must be protected and worshipped, indicates that it was not akin to other domesticated animals that still exist in the wild, but was more important as it was procured by extraordinary efforts. In mythology cow attains a very high status, almost similar to Gods, so much so that in Hindu mythology it is mentioned that cow was brought to earth from “Golok” or planet of cows and is associated with Gods such as Krishna and Shiva.
Cow and silkworm are two animals which do not exist in the wild and whose ancestry is unknown. Also, both these animals find mention in the earliest of human history, and in mythology they are both associated with Gods.