“Cow protection is the most important business of the human society …human civilization will advance only on the basis of brahminical culture and cow protection….the cow is your mother…. He (bull) is your father…..the protection of the lives of both the human beings and the animals is the first and foremost duty of a government…..”
-(Srila Prabhupada Lecture Los Angeles, December 4, 1968)
According to Indian way of thought, everyone is advised to do good to others namely not only to the human society but also to living beings other than human beings. The Indians are not cow worshippers as others wrongly interpret it, but the Indians are grateful to the species of cow for supplying milk to the human babies and the sentiment is so fine that simply for supplying milk the cow is accepted as one of the seven mothers. That is called Indian cultural mission.
-(Letter to: Harbanslal August 2, 1958 Bombay)
The protection of the lives of both the human beings and the animals is the first and foremost duty of a government. A government must not discriminate in such principles. It is simply horrible for a pure-hearted soul to see organized animal-killing by the state in this age of Kali. Mahäräja Pariksit was lamenting for the tears in the eyes of the bull, and he was astonished to see such an unprecedented thing in his good kingdom. Men and animals were equally protected as far as life was concerned. That is the way in God’s kingdom.
-(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.17.8 Purport)