Brahmanas are the symbol of spiritual education, and cows are the symbol of the most valuable food (milk production & Butter); they must be given all protection.. that is real advancement of civilization.
The highest achievement of perfect civilization is to work with valor but at the same time depend completely on the Lord.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.37,
The whole way modern civilization is set up, it simply puts people in anxiety.
Lecture on "Memories of my youth" – 27th OCT'06 – DXB
The wild tigers, elephants, bear and deer all together accompanied the Lord, and the Lord accompanied them in sankirtana. By this He proved that by the propagation of the sankirtana movement (congregational chanting and glorifying of the name of the Lord) even the wild animals can live in peace and friendship, and what to speak of men who are supposed to be civilized.
Srimad Bhagavatam Introduction.
Modern civilization is a patchwork of activities meant to cover the perpetual miseries of material existence.
Any real civilization is based on the principles of respect and gratitude. On the basis of that respect and gratitude, there is morality, charity, and compassion.