Hindu sacred texts consider the cow a sacred animal and Indian laws protect these animals from harm in nearly all circumstances.

Hindu sacred texts consider the cow a sacred animal and Indian laws protect these animals from harm in nearly all circumstances. Respect and protection for cattle has become a widely-promoted and deeply-felt cultural value in Hindu society. Anthropologists and sociologists theorize several practical reasons for why this prohibition might have started. Outline these theories and evaluate them, including specific examples.

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