Press release – Dec 2011

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Press Release

4th December 2011

The Ahimsa Dairy Foundation launches cow and calf sponsorship scheme

The Ahimsa Dairy Foundation (ADF), which supplies entirely slaughter-free milk from its herd of organic cows in Kent, has now launched a sponsorship scheme for people to help support its cows and calves.

The Ahimsa herd are mostly named after Indian or English flowers and supporters can currently choose one of nine cows, or three calves to sponsor – although with several new calves on the way that figure will soon change.

The cost of the herd’s retirement plan is built into the price of the milk, but the not-for-profit company wants to ensure it has a little aside to ensure their future as well as moving cows to their sanctuary and training young bulls. The company also want to involve supporters with the daily lives of the herd.

Sponsorship starts from £3, £5 or £10 a month and for this people will receive regular updates about their cow or calf and the Ahimsa Dairy project, which is dedicated to sustainable and ethical farming.

Singer and advocate for animal welfare Chrisse Hynde said of the Ahimsa Slaughter-free Milk project: “Most animal rights minded vegans share the opinion that cows’ milk is only for the consumption of calves and of course, when buying milk from the meat/dairy industry, no milk is cruelty free. However, if cows are treated according to the high ethical principles of cow protection, as in the Vedic tradition of ancient Indian culture, where no cows are slaughtered, their milk provides unlimited benefits for human health and I am delighted to support Ahimsa Milk and welcome this latest initiative."

ADF Director, Sanjay Tanna said : “ We were looking for ways to involve our supporters more deeply with the lives of our herd and the challenges of bringing slaughter-free milk to the breakfast table. We very much hope people will be keen to sponsor our cows and bulls and help us secure their future and expand our project.”

Notes to Editors

  • Ahimsa Slaughter-free Milk comes from a farm in Kent. It is available in the London and Hertfordshire areas for £2.25 a litre with a 15p charge for doorstep delivery. In some areas it can be collected from drop-off points. Please see the website for details
  • For sponsorship details go to the website at: http://www.ahimsamilk.org/sponsor-a-cow/
  • For more information, contact 07723 354 527

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