pamho, Hare Krishna,
During around 2005, I was doing a Self-Realization Course at Juhu Temple.
The preacher had given an example of list of different types of institutions in the society doing cow protection. And he mentioned that all these institutions are doing social service.
I raised objection in the class itself saying cow protection has been mentioned in the scriptures. Later I read the verse in Bhagavad Gita and brought this to the notice of the preacher. It is a verse where Krishna mentions to Arjuna that the Karma of Vaishya Community is to do agriculture, trade and business and cow protection; Krishi vanijya goraksha vaishya karma svabhavajam.
The preacher gave me some example.
After that he told me:
1. The Mayavadis s**ke. Is that right ?
2. The Mayavadis are s** mongers. Is that right ?
The conclusion was not to do Cow Protection like Mayavadis.
For the time being, I felt the things mentioned were correct.
But how would a devotee do cow protection as a service to Krishna still remains a huge question ?