Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics [electronic resource] /by Kenneth R. Valpey.
Contributor(s): SpringerLink (Online service).Material type: BookSeries: The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series: Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.Edition: 1st ed. 2020.Description: XXX, 269 p. 10 illus., 8 illus. in color. online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783030284084.Subject(s): Religion—Philosophy | Philosophy, Asian | Animal welfare | Social sciences—Philosophy | Philosophy of Religion | Non-Western Philosophy | Animal Welfare/Animal Ethics | Social PhilosophyDDC classification: 210 Online resources: Click here to access online
1. Introduction -- 2. The Release of Cosmic Cows -- 3. Cows in Contested Fields -- 4. Surveying the Cow Care Field -- 5. Cow Care and the Ethics of Care -- 6. "These Cows Will Not Be Lost" - Envisioning A Care-Full Future for Cows -- 7. Concluding Ruminations. .
This open access book provides both a broad perspective and a focused examination of cow care as a subject of widespread ethical concern in India, and increasingly in other parts of the world. In the face of what has persisted as a highly charged political issue over cow protection in India, intellectual space must be made to bring the wealth of Indian traditional ethical discourse to bear on the realities of current human-animal relationships, particularly those of humans with cows. Dharma, yoga, and bhakti paradigms serve as starting points for bringing Hindu—particularly Vaishnava Hindu—animal ethics into conversation with contemporary Western animal ethics. The author argues that a culture of bhakti—the inclusive, empathetic practice of spirituality centered in Krishna as the beloved cowherd of Vraja—can complement recently developed ethics-of-care thinking to create a solid basis for sustaining all kinds of cow care communities. .