The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has withdrawn the appeal urging cow lovers to celebrate February 14 as 'Cow Hug Day'.
In a fresh notice, the AWBI Secretary S K Dutta said, “As directed by the Competent Authority and Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying the appeal issued by the Animal Welfare Board of India for the celebration of Cow Hug Day on 14th February, 2023 stands withdrawn.”
On February 6, the advisory body appealed to cow lovers across India to celebrate February 14 as “Cow Hug Day”. AWBI noted that the progress of western culture over time has undermined the Vedic traditions which are on the verge of extinction.
In its general appeal, the Animal Welfare Board said, “In view of the immense benefit of the cow, hugging a cow will bring emotional richness, hence will increase our individual & collective happiness. Therefore, all the cow lovers may also celebrate February 14 as 'Cow Hug day' keeping in mind the importance of mother cows and making life happy and full of positive energy.”
February 14 is observed as Valentine's Day across the world. It was for the first time that the AWBI had appealed to cow lovers in the country to celebrate 'Cow Hug Day'.