The Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying wants you to hug cows on February 14, and has taken this date - popularly known as Valentine's Day - to start Cow Hugging Day. We are not mooing around; there's actually a circular issued by the Ministry:
Here's the circular:
The Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying want people to celebrate February 14 as Cow Hug Day!!!— Ravi Nair (@t_d_h_nair) February 8, 2023
Not joking; it is serious😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/nhUgtRgojE
This is what the circular reads:
We all know that the Cow is the backbone of Indian culture and rural economy, sustains our life, represent cattle wealth and biodiversity. It is known as "Kamdhenu" and "Gaumata" because of its nourishing nature like mother, the giver of all providing riches to humanity.
Vedic traditions are almost on the verge of extinction due to the progress of west culture over time. The dazzle of western civilization has made our physical culture and heritage almost forgotten.
This issues with the approval of competent authority and on the direction of Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.
What this practically means:
Following the release of the circular, the memes have flooded social media platforms.
Things to keep in mind when hugging a cow: Some of the memes actually make sense too. You should ensure safety if you are going to go hug a cow.
Thoughts: Cow hugging is a stress-busting practice; it's not new and is adopted even in western countries. But if the government really wanted to promote the benefits of hugging cows, it could have done a better job at promoting the stress-busting practice rather than tying it up in Vedic culture to one-up the 'west' culture. Also, hugging your significant other can be good for your health. Hugging a cow, a dog, your partner, your parents, grandparents, children, etc are all good for health in their own places (consent is paramount).
So if someone hugs you on the Valentine's Day, it's not that they love you..It might just be that, they consider you a Cow 🙄#CowHugging— Gaurav (@VatsMusings) February 9, 2023
Also, genuine cow lovers reading this story, know that cows in India are often mistreated, starving, abandoned, and forced to eat trash. They need good homes and proper shelters. Their place is not on the roads eating garbage.
In case anyone is looking for cows to hug, you can come to #Mandaveli #Chennai . Lots of unfed over-exploited cows roaming around here, disturbing traffic, eating garbage. You can hug them at your own risk. #CowHugging #ValentinesDay https://t.co/RrpVtyxtwy— Fabiola Jacob (@fabwrite) February 9, 2023
So, if you want to help cows (and not just yourself) try to contribute towards their welfare, with or without a hug.