Goat Protection



Growing up, it took me almost eighteen years of my life to realize that there is no need to slaughter an innocent and defenseless animal in order to fill one’s belly with cadavers. Three decades later, I am still glad that I made that decision to become a strict vegetarian.

As soon as I understood the incredible suffering billions of animals have to endure just because they can’t defend themselves and because hardly anyone hears their screams, I always felt a strong urge to help them.

Soon after I made that decision, I began a journey of consciousness which led me to India where I was able to deepen my understanding of protecting the lives of animals. Entire civilizations of ancient times depended on animals like cows or goats. The very backbone of the original Indian agriculture was the symbiotic and harmonious working relationship between farmers and their cattle. Bulls were used for plowing the fields, cows utilized for their excess milk. In return, they were considered to be sacred and they were well protected.

From that time onwards, I became involved with various projects that were dedicated to cow protection. Along with it, I promoted vegetarianism on TV shows, on the radio and helped to distribute tens of thousands of pamphlets or books about vegetarianism.

In the early 1990’s I wrote a booklet called “Vegetarianism in the World Religions” which was distributed by the thousands and translated into various languages. In essence, the study proved that vegetarianism was considered to be a desirable ideal in all prominent world religions.

When I came to Puerto Rico ten years ago and began to develop my farm, I had planned to do something for cow protection but since my farm is simply not suitable to keep cows, I just continued to write in their defense. I dedicated a part of one chapter of “Oro Verde – Securing the Future of our Food” to animal protection.

I still did not feel satisfied and finally decided to keep and protect at least some goats (who are also known as “the poor man’s cow”), not just as pets but as integral helpers at my farm. My commitment is to give them optimal housing, food, company and care and in return, I accept their valuable milk, manure and occasionally their help with the unending weeding work here.

I hope that their existence here will inspire at least some of the hundreds of visitors who tour my farm every year and even more who visit in cyber space.

If you live in the Caribbean and are thinking of becoming a first time goat owner, you may enjoy this brief article. ( click here for article )

At this point I want to thank all those goat keepers around the island who helped me to deepen my understanding about how to give them the best possible care. I also thank all those friends who helped me with the required construction work for the goat area at my farm.


I hope you enjoy the pictures. The current goats residing at Govardhan Gardens are Sundari (Sanskrit for "beautiful"), Kumari  (“young girl”), Mohini ("bewildering beauty") and a high quality Alpine breeding buck,  Mohan ("enchanter", "attractive").


I will continue to post pictures and general goat information for the tropics. If you would like to adopt or sponsor a goat, you can contact me at any time. If you would like any of the future goat kids, the next ones will be available by mid March of 2015 ( Goat Kids Page ). If you have questions about ethical and sustainable goat keeping in the tropics, please feel free to write to me.


1) Mohan (Alpine breed; Mohan is the main sire).

2) Kumari (La Mancha breed, primarily recognized by their small ears)

3) Sundari (Alpine breed, recognized by their upright ears and colors)

4) Mohini (A beautiful cross between a Saanen and a brown Alpine)

5) Govardhan Gardens Goat Shed








Goat Shed





The following Goat Services are available at Govardhan Gardens:

Caprinasa - Eco-Organic
Goat Manure Compost

Goat Sales

Disbudding Goat Kids

Trimming Hooves, Herbal Dewormer

Goat Workshops

Free Catalogs


If you want me to help you find goats in general, let me know.  I am in touch with many goat farmers around the island.  If you would like to learn about goat raising, making goat cheese or kefir, etc. contact me.  I give very affordable ($30) basic training courses or workshops on a regular basis, for one person at a time or small groups.  Just one course alone saves you much time and money by avoiding common mistakes.  Online questions (write to sadhu@coqui.net) are answered for free.

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