Originally Posted by Douglas
So the cow is sacred, but it's ok to pull on her titties?
Kinda. The cow was mostly made sacred because it's easier to tell poor uneducated people "It's sacred, dont eat it" than to try and explain to them that if they eat it they wont have something to plow the field and provide milk next year. Religion has much more power over logic in some situations.
At least it has roots in practicality. I dont get some of the hebrew / islamic dietary laws at all.