Vrindavan, 2018.01.11 (VT) Looking at the well fed bulls, calves and cows of Food For Life Vrindavan’s goshala, gives a feeling of contentment that the cows themselves seem to feel as they laze in the winter sun in the spacious yard of the goshala. Many of the bulls were found on the street in poor condition on the street and were nursed back to health.
The bulls at the FFLV goshala are fed three times per day, whereas in most goshalas, they only get fed twice per day. The goshala is the only yard that is dedicated only to bulls. The staff know the bulls by name and will tell you stories about their personalities and habits. Located next to the organization’s school, the goshala welcomes volunteers from all over the world who put their heart into caring for the bulls.
The problem of how to make dairy farming cruelty free while at the same time making it economically viable plagues many households and farmers in the Braj region. The reliance on tractors for farming means that people don’t want to keep bulls and are faced with a dilemma when a male calf is born.
Food for Life Vrindavan’s Sandipani Muni Schools make an effort to utilize the labour of bulls by using bullock carts to transport children to and from school in bullock carts. There are around 50 bulls who are involved in pulling the bullock carts, each of which can carry up to 40 children.
FFLV has more than 1400 girls studying and developing in its three schools. There are other initiatives that FFLV has taken like cleaning drives, plantation drives, and a recycling plant where waste paper is turned into artistic products which are displayed at shop in the school.
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