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Ralph Laurino is a leading proponent of cow protection and an authority on rational grazing methods.


The “Protect A Cow” Sanctuary & Farm Trust was founded by Ralph Laurino, a leading proponent of cow protection and an authority on alternative grazing methods. Ralph has devoted the past 20 years to developing an agricultural and spiritual model of the cow sanctuary as originally envisioned by Srila Prabhupada. In the process, “Protect A Cow” has led the fight to uncover and rectify the abuses of prior systems of “cow protection” that freely borrowed Srila Prabhupada’s name but failed to fulfill his true philosophy. All donations to “Protect A Cow” go directly to the maintenance of each cow at the sanctuary and to the land supporting them.


Ralph Laurino is the founder of Protectacow Farm Sanctuary and Organic gardens in Port Royal Pa. Founded in 1985 thus making it one of the oldest privately held farm sanctuaries in the western world. The farm is based on the principle of equal vision, that every living entity is part and parcel of the Supreme Creator and is therefore deserving of respect. Early in the history of the sanctuary Ralph helped to introduce the principles of rational grazing and reintroduce ox power to America. He also participated in educating masses of people about the benefits of ox power by participating in festival parades in many of the major cities of the Eastern United States. While receiving his teaching degree in communications from Pennsylvania State University he also became interested in ancient history, scripture,and archaeology with special focus on the Vedic literature of ancient India. After graduating in 1983 he spent 1 year touring India and Japan visiting the ancient pilgrimage sites and meeting with various seekers, sages, and yogis, all the while developing his ideas for a new direction in agriculture. Upon his return he purchased the land now known as Protectacow Sanctuary where many hundreds of animals have been spared the slaughterhouse and have become productive citizens of the farm. Ralph's motto is "Be a friend to every living entity and the secrets of the universe will be revealed".