May 2013 Newsletter
10yr old Swims for Ahimsa
Although the this year’s Cow Challenge 2013 has been pushed by to September, this hasn’t distracted Gopi from doing his challenge. Gopi is 10 years old and is looking to swim 2.5 km on Friday 31st May at Westminster Lodge in St Albans, Herts.
Gopi is halfway to his target of £1,000 for helping raise awareness for Ahimsa calves. Now is a good time to help him achieve his goal.
A group of 10 enthusiastic sportsmen and women are planning to cycle 55 km from London to Oxford on the 7th July for the Ahimsa cause. If you are made of stern stuff, come and join them, contact us at [email protected]
Sanjay Tanna & the Ahimsa Team
|Registered charity number 1114304The Lotus Trust’s
8 London Bridges Cow Challenge
Walk – Run – Cycle
Sunday 22nd September
Registration 10am – 12pm
Potter’s Field Park (next to City Hall), The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2AA (5 mins from London Bridge tube station)
Join us for a mOOving experience across London.
Whether you decide to walk, skip, strut or dance, come join the fun – cross 8 London Bridges to raise money for UK’s first slaughter-free milk campaign.
Why we need your help?
The Lotus Trust’s Ahimsa Slaughter-Free Milk Campaign is raising awareness, educating and lobbying for the highest welfare of cows. The Ahimsa Dairy Foundation produces slaughter-free milk and now requires equipment to continue providing high quality, high welfare milk. Together, they are conducting research to improve the quality of life of cows and calves in aiding the production of healthier milk for human consumption.
This pioneering campaign ensures that cows are not slaughtered after their natural milk production ceases, and that young calves are free to roam in an open environment without the fear of becoming a meal on someone’s plate.
Our target is to raise £15,000, please join us on the day or contribute towards our important work.
How to get started:
Print off the sponsorship form from our website here – ask family and friends to sponsor you
Or create your own online sponsorship page by clicking onto the Just Giving website: http://www.justgiving.com/thelotustrust and email it to your friends and family. Donations will be automatically transferred to the charity.
If you can’t take part then sponsor one of our cow champion athlete:
Last year, Gopi Tanna raised £630 for the campaign by cycling and walking 12km
This year Gopi (10yrs old) has set himself the target of swimming 2,500 metres –with no prompting (ie. 2.5km – but not across the Thames!), he is looking to raise £1,000 for cows.
Gopi is an avid reader (fan of the ‘Lord of the Rings’); an awesome drummer (plays the Indian ‘mrdanga’); and a superb swimmer (like a fish in water).
Gopi is on the bike
Please see the attached poster and forward this email to your friends and family to join you on this high profile charity walk.
Further details can be found on our webpage http://www.thelotustrust.org/8_london_bridges_cow_challenge.php
For more information contact Mitali on 07916 176957 or email [email protected]
Be part of the milk revolution!
Season’s Greetings and a very Happy New Year from your friends at Ahimsa Dairy Foundation!
Ahimsa Soft Cheese: November also saw the launch of our first soft cheese. A delightful soft cheese with a hint of Himalayan salt has received many positive responses. Working in partnership with the award winning Traditional Cheese Dairy in East Sussex which produces non-GMO vegetarian raw cheeses, we have started to make available our first Ahimsa cheese.
Beginning with a batch a month, we aim to provide ahimsa products to those customers all over the UK (via mail) who are out of our delivery area for milk. See online shop for ordering
Tilly is expecting …
Watch out over the next week or so, we have a new calf being born. Tilly, our five-year old black and white cow, is about to deliver.
The Ahimsa Team wish to thank all those who made efforts to help raise funds for a vehicle earlier in the year; in November finally purchased a fridge vehicle to enable us to transport milk between Kent and various drop points around London, and to our doorstep customers. We are in the process of putting our logo on the side of the van.
December 2012 – Other Selected News
(Slaughter-free milk at InSpiral Lounge, continued from above)
InSpiral: ‘We recently had a milk free period at inSpiral Lounge but it was immediately clear that many of our valued customers were unhappy about the lack of ‘ordinary’ milk which prompted us to look into alternatives to traditional dairy milk so that we can provide a service that our customers demand, whilst remaining true to our aspirations to be an ethical company’
InSpiral can be found just beside the canal bridge at Camden Lock – 250 High Street, Camden, London NW1 8QS.
Ahimsa slaughter-free milk celebrates its first birthday
The Ahimsa Dairy Foundation, which sells entirely slaughter-free milk, is celebrating its first birthday this week and to mark the event has released a video of its sanctuary in Wales.
Ahimsa Milk: A Story of a Remarkable Dairy
All great journeys begin not just with the first step, but with a great vision too. This is the story so far of our journey to realise the vision of Ahimsa slaughter-free milk.
The Beginning: 2007
The First Step
The Struggle: 2009-11
The Struggle Continues
Where We Are Today
|Dear Friends and Supporters,
Thank you to all who supported the Eight London Bridges Cow Challenge. It was a lovely sunny day with about 100 participants. Our fastest runners made it in 48mins, but the real successes were Jude (7yrs old) who suddenly turned up on the morning and cycled the full distance; Gopi (9yrs) who ended up walking and running 12km and Neera who raised £2,500. Through The Lotus Trust, the total raised to date is £8,500; we hope to reach £10,000 to purchase a fridge van for the project.Ahimsa Open Day – 19th May
A number of supporters have been asking to go and see our milking cows at Commonwork Organic Farm in Kent. As part of Vegetarian Week, we have arranged an Ahimsa Open Day on Saturday 19th May, 11.30am to 3pm. Mike Cottrell, Farm Director will take us on a tour of the Commonwork project, the dairy and introduce us to the ahimsa herd. We will also have a presentation on the project and an opportunity to taste some of the latest products on offer. Pencil this date in your diary.For details of how to get there, click on the following link:
(Note: Commonwork is also known as Bore Place):
http://www.commonwork.org/map.htmCheese coming soon
After some trials, we have finally established a partnership with two separate parties to produce various handmade dairy products. Rachna Jhala, who works closely with Commonwork, will take on making yoghurts, cottage cheese and a specialist paneer, and we have partnered with a traditional Kent based vegetarian cheesemaker to make vacuum packed paneer and haloumi. We hope to be able to mail this to all those people who have been waiting around the country. As of today, we begin to set the ball in motion, soon you will see and receive updates on each product as it becomes available, either on the website or via facebook and twitter.
|Dear walkers, runners and cyclists,CONGRATULATIONS on completing the 6km across London’s 8 Bridges.A huge THANK YOU to you all!Sunday turned out to be a perfect sunny day and a great success. It was a pleasure to be amongst such sporting participants.We had just over one hundred people and they were all determined and dedicated to the welfare of cows – quality, not necessarily quantity.There were a number of queries along the route and those of you in cow suits will no doubt have had attracted bystanders, and even had a few photos taken, as I did. There is nothing quite like a herd of cows loose in the middle of the city.Though we did not have much press coverage yesterday, we will be putting a youtube video together and which will really get the message out into various forums. We will let you know once it is up on www.ahimsamilk.orgAs yet, we don’t have a final figure on funds raised, but present donations which have come in over JustGiving and on Sunday come to approximately £8,500. Our target is for £10,000. Please remind your friends that, if they haven’t already, they can still donate either to your page or directly to you. Remember that around 20% of donations come in after the event….so if you haven’t met your target, there is time yet.
Please bring in all your outstanding donations by no later than Saturday 28th April, and thank all those who helped or supported you. Forward cheques to: Sita Rama das, The Lotus Trust, Hilfield Lane, Aldenham, Herts WD25 8AZ.
A special thanks to Neera Shah for her outstanding efforts. She has raised £1,500 and has got match-funding from her workplace of £1000.
Also, special thanks to Gopi Tanna (9yrs) and his friend Raam (8yrs) who together have raised £850+ and hope to get to £1,000 by the end of the month. A last minute participant Jude (7yrs) also rode his bicycle across the eight bridges – well done.
I will send you an update of the final outcome at the end of the month.
On behalf of the Ahimsa Team, our best wishes,
Sita Rama das
|The 8 London Bridges Cow Challenge is only 2 weeks away.We’d like to announce our youngest cyclist GopiPlease Sponsor Gopi
Gopi’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9tXTqt1r9M
Gopi’s sponsorship page: http://www.justgiving.com/Gopi1Please share Gopi’s video with all your Facebook friends or email to your address book. Thank you!Gopi is our mascot for the 2012 bike ride!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1M6AhjaUH4So please come and join us ….8 London Bridges Cow Challenge
Walk – Run – Cycle
Sunday 15 April
Registration at 10am – 12pm
Tanner Street Park, SE1 3LE
(5 mins from London Bridge tube station)See you there!More information at http://www.thelotustrust.org/8_london_bridges_cow_challenge.php
March 2012 Newsletter
|Dear Friends and Supporters,We have recently had two new additions to our Ahimsa herd, Horatio and Primrose. They are happy little calves and are looking forward to playing in the fields once spring arrives. Eventually Primrose will become a milking cow. Horatio will start training as a working ox when he gets to around three.
March has also brought us our first opportunity to test other milk products such as paneer, cottage cheese, and cream cheese. Yoghurt is something else to be trialled soon. With help of a Lebanese organic cheese-maker, we hope to have these products on offer shortly.
One of our primary challenges to introducing new products is all directly linked to transport and delivery. Little did we know the huge costs and margins needed for transport companies to get food to our door – on time. The impact is much greater when you do not have volume and your customers are scattered across the country or around London. We have therefore committed ourselves to a small van which allows us to save costs on hire and enables us to control our deliveries.
With the help of The Lotus Trust and Nu Radio, we are looking to raise £10,000 towards a vehicle for Ahimsa Dairy Foundation.
So, please join us for the 8 London Bridges Cow Challenge: Walk – Run – Cycle on Sunday 15th April.
And if you can’t come, than please sponsor Neera or Kofi.
Click here to register http://www.thelotustrust.org/8_london_bridges_cow_challenge.php
Feb 2012 Newsletter
|Dear Friends and Supporters,Wales Sanctuary
A number of you have been asking about our retired animals and where they are presently. A big and gentle herdsman by the name of Grahame Barritt rents a smallholding of 11 acres in a beautiful part of West Wales called Mydroilyn, just a little way from Lampeter. Grahame has four of his own cows and is looking after one cow and five calves of our Ahimsa herd. The initial three calves Gautam, Dharma and Padma went there in October and they were joined by one cow Draupadi and two males calves Nimai and Nitai in late December. They have all settled in well.Whilst the weather was mild, the animals could go in and out of their sheltered barn, now that it is colder, they remain inside, though they do have a courtyard to wander onto. In a report last week, Grahame explained that of the two younger calves, Nitai occasionally suckles Draupadi (who has a very loving and kind nature) for comfort. ‘Quite often, the bigger calves seem to look after the smaller ones; if a small calf is lying by itself, a big one will come and lay beside it, to give it company.’It is a very close-knit social group and the animals create a nice small family. Grahame often plays some music whilst the cows are kept indoors over the winter period.Traditional Ghee Production
Another important part of the Ahimsa approach is the traditional production of ghee – a cultured butter which has been clarified, removing all solids to yield pure golden milk fat. Not all ghee is equal in its nutritional and healing value. Only ghee made from organic milk, from pasture fed herds, is regarded as an outstanding elixir of health in the Ayurvedic health tradition. Ahimsa Ghee is made from cows grazing on pristine clover rich pastures almost all year round to produce rich creamy milk that results in pure healthy ghee.Although modern medicine does not hold the virtues of ghee in high esteem – primarily due to the effects of processed ghee, traditional methods keep intact its pure and wholesome aspects. Ghee is sattvic food (it has a positive settling influence on the mind and body) which promotes good health, vitality and longevity.In the upcoming months, we aim to have our artisan ghee-maker Rachna Jhalla extol the virtues of ghee and what makes it beneficial and also share with us how she makes our ghee in her home kitchen.Eight London Bridges Cow Challenge
Being the Olympic year, our partner charity the Lotus Trust has decided to hold a walk, run or cycle event across the eight bridges criss-crossing the Thames for the Slaughter-free Milk campaign. They ran a successful rickshaw cycle ride two years ago, put aside a moment and take a look at this …Come and join them on Sunday 15th April – click here for full detailsIf you can’t take part then you might sponsor one of our cow champion athletes …
Dec 2011 Newsletter
|Dear Friends and Supporters,We have had a very busy four months since we launched deliveries of Ahimsa milk in July and the word is spreading. We have been actively setting up drops around London and dealing with the challenges which come with starting any new initiative.
Singer and passionate advocate for animal welfare Chrisse Hynde said of the project:
We have also been receiving messages of support from all around the world praising the project. Letters from far afield as America, Canada and Australia have been asking when Ahimsa organic milk will be coming to their part of the world and reminding us of the real story of ill-treatment of cows enslaved on factory farms.
Every year, millions of cows and calves are slaughtered worldwide as a result of the modern dairy industry. However, we now have an opportunity to bring about a revolution in milk production by supporting farms and projects which offer a real alternative.
We understand that not many of you are in an area where Ahimsa milk is delivered but would very much like to show your support. Well, now you can, we have just launched our Sponsor a Cow programme.
Please Sponsor Our Cows
Our cows’ retirement fund is built into the price of Ahimsa Slaughter-free Milk, but we are a not-for-profit company and would like to put a little more aside for those rainy days. For example vets bills, or a rise in the price of hay – which has seen bad harvest for the last few years. We also guarantee that no male calves will ever be slaughtered on our watch, and we need funds to explore innovative and productive ways of working with bulls. Transportation for our young calves and retired cows to our Welsh sanctuary is also expensive.
Please help us by sponsoring one of our cows by direct debit. You can choose from a whole list of girls all of whom are named after English and Indian flowers.
Sponsorship starts from as little as £3 or £5 a month for which we will send you a certificate of sponsorship, updates about your cow, a sticker and our monthly newsletter.
For £10 a month with your welcome pack you will also receive a fridge magnet and a copy of Ranchor Prime’s ground-breaking book “Cows and the Earth”, which explains why cow protection embodies the principles of sustainable and ethical living.
Donations of £15, £25 or £50 are also welcome or an amount of your choice.
Our best wishes,