Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Feb.13 (ANI): The ashes of Gangotri, the euthanised sacred cow of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple in the United Kingdom, were immersed in the River Ganges on Wednesday.
Gangotri was given a lethal injection last December after doctors of the Royal Society for Prevention Cruelty To Animals (RSPCA) declared it to be sick.
The priests of Bhaktivedanta Manor, a large temple run by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in a London suburb, alleged that the cow was administered the injection during morning prayers.
The temple had taken the cow in after it was hit in an accident. RSPCA officials said that it was in dire condition, suffering from bedsores and had to be put down.
"How would it feel if someone was killed in your home? Your mother's interest is my best interest. She has bedsores and we understand she should be relieved of the pain; therefore, I want to give her the deadly injection without even taking your permission. That's how we felt. And that was just devastating," said Gauri Das, the president, of the Hare Krishna Temple in the United Kingdom.
"We have written to Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister of Britain. We have also written to David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party and the Leader of the Opposition in the British Parliament, and to Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the UK. The response so far, I have to say,has not been so good," said Raj Joshi, Chairperson, Society Of Black Lawyers, UK.
This is the second instance of such a killing in UK in the last nine months.
Earlier, despite waging a long legal battle and a vigorous campaign, Shambo, the bovine which tested positive of TB, was killed in the same manner.
After the Court of Appeal's decision, Shambo was slaughtered on 26 July 2007 after a court upheld it was a TB positive animal and should be killed before it posed a risk to public health.