Comparing cows to mothers and children does not work as a justification for exploiting them for “ahimsa milk”: Part 8 of a Response to Sivarama Swami

In this essay, I want to examine the validity of statements made by Sivarama Swami, a guru in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), intended as additional justification for the exploitation of cows for what he falsely calls “ahimsa milk.” These statements can be summarised as: Cows are like children and mothers. Having conflated…

“Tradition” is no excuse for exploiting animals: Part 5 of a response to Sivarama Swami

In my previous essay, I pointed out that Sivarama Swami’s identifying himself as a “celibate monk” is irrelevant to his exploitation of animals for the falsely named “ahimsa milk.” Just as irrelevant is his claim that “tradition” justifies animal exploitation. He maintains that he is “from a 5,000 year old Krishna tradition…” and that this…

Everyone has a moral obligation to go vegan, “celibate monks” included: Part 4 of a response to Sivarama Swami

“I’m a celibate monk from a 5,000 year old Krishna tradition…” declared Sivarama Swami, as he launched into his September 9 video Can Vegans Consume Milk: Part 2, a response to criticisms and questions regarding his promotion of “ahimsa milk” as suitable for vegans. As he explained, this information was proffered because he wanted to…

The “violence” of non-violence: Getting it horribly wrong on “ahimsa milk”—Part 3 of a response to Sivarama Swami

Sivarama Swami, a guru in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON, popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement) made a video entitled, Can Vegans Consume Milk?, promoting so-called “ahimsa milk” as being suitable for vegans to consume. The video went viral. I’ve already written about this in two previous parts (see here and here).…