There is “lot of discussion”:http://www.ashoo.org/blog/archives/cat_india.html#000109 going onin the Indian Blogosphere about the decision of the central govt. to ban cow slaughter. The book I am reading now “Gem in the Lotus”:http://penguinbooksindia.com/Books/aspBookDetail.asp?ID=2951 by Abraham Eraly has the following passage about beef eating during the Vedic times.
bq. Amongst meats, beef “was a normal article of contemporary Brahmin
diet”, notes Kosambi. A guest in ancient India was called goghna, one for whom the cow was killed. To serve a feast of beef to guests, especially revered guests like sages was a matter of honor for the Aryan gentry. The great sage Yajnavalkya is said to have had a particular weakness for the tender flesh of the milch cow, but normally only sterile cows or old cows were slaughtered for meat, for the milch cow, termed aghnya not to be killed, was too valuable an econmic asset to be squandered
This is from the chapter titled “Vedic India”. The other meats that were eaten at that time were horse meat, and goat.
If Germany has laws to prevent the “killing of ants”:http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_775325.html, then why can’t we have laws banning cow slaughter.