India has 30 per cent of the world's cattle. There are 26 distinctive breeds of cow in India. Here cows are everywhere! Because the cow is respected as a sacred animal, it's allowed to roam unharmed, and they are pretty used to the traffic and the rhythm of the city. So, you can see them roaming the streets in towns and cities, grazing unmindfully on the roadside grass verges and munching away vegetables thrown out by street sellers. Stray and homeless cows are also supported by temples, especially in southern India.
As opposed to the West, where the cow is widely considered as nothing better than walking hamburgers, in India, the cow is believed to be a symbol of the earth - because it gives so much yet asks nothing in return. They are guileless in their behavior and from them flow sacrifices... and milk and curds and butter. It acts as a surrogate mother by providing milk to human beings for the whole life.
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