At Qatar I also said that there is nothing wrong in eating beef ( cow meat ) or pork, and I have myself eaten them several times, wherever legally permitted.
As regards beef, most of the world eats it ( Americans, Europeans, Arabs, Africans, Japanese, Australians, Thais, and many of our own countrymen like people of the North East, Bengalis, Goans, Keralites, etc ). So are they all wicked people, and we Hindus alone are sadhu-sants ? To call a cow ' gomata' ( mother cow ) is nonsense. How can an animal be a mother of a human being ? And people also drink milk of goats, buffaloes, yaks, camels, etc. Are they all our mothers ?
Moreover, most cows are driven out when they cannot produce milk and left to starve or eat garbage on streets etc.Do you drive your mother out and leave her to starve when she is old ? Is death by starvation not cow slaughter ? The cow lovers are not bothered about that.
As regards pork, Islam rightly banned it at a time when there were no modern dairies with proper hygiene and sanitation, and pigs ate filth which could cause diseases like tape worm etc if one ate its flesh. But now there are modern dairies and the pigs are bred in a clean environment. I myself have been eating ham and bacon, which i enjoy, for over 50 years, but have never got tape worm or any other disease by it.
I am not compelling anyone to eat beef or pork. But i see nothing wrong in eating it