London, Nov 06 (ANI): Britain's pampered cattle, which wear garlands and are milked by hands to the sound of sacred mantras, are said to produce the most expensive milk in the land at 1.70 pounds per pint.
The cows are being reared on a farm run by Hare Krishna followers, and as per Hindu beliefs, none must come to harm or be slaughtered after they stop producing milk.
At Bhaktivedanta Manor, near Watford in Hertfordshire, which was donated to the Hare Krishna movement by George Harrison, mechanical milking pumps are banned and it is carried out by hand so as not to distress the animal.Those producing Ahimsa Milk, Sanskrit for "without harm", believe the good karma, or perhaps cowma that goes into their produce will win over British animal lovers.
"This premium milk will offer consumers the chance to avoid buying from an industry which is based around slaughter and suffering and instead buy from a fresh, new, and compassionate alternative," the Daily Mail quoted spokesman Radha Mohan Das as saying.
"People are prepared to pay extra for organic and more healthily produced milk and we think our products will appeal to anyone who cares about animals.
"Instead of taking calves away from their mothers early to yield more milk we allow them to suckle and take their fill as long as they like.
"We allow them to live out their natural lives even when their supply dries up. Normally, dairy cows are killed when they can no longer provide milk but in Hinduism cows are revered as a symbol of Mother Earth.
"Although it won't be the cheapest available it will be worth the cost because we will treat the cows with love and care throughout their lives," he added. (ANI)