Is Cow Sacred or Edible ?

It is well known that the animal cow is sacred to Hindus who believe that it contains some billions or trillions of gods in it. It is quite clear that an object as small as a cow cannot possibly contain so many objects that could be supposed to be having divine characteristics. Cow is a very useful animal to humans as it mainly provides milk. Of course this provision does not really make the cow holy as virtually every animal in the animal kingdom is in some way or the other useful or rather very useful to humans. Believing the cow to be sacred in fact keeps the Hindus short of good meat and food. The cow is thus edible, not sacred. It makes sense to eat it rather than worship it.