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Problem of stray cattle on the roads. Stray cows of Indian cities.

BY: Swati | Category: Animals and Pets | Post Date: 2008-12-02
 



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I still remember when Bill Gates visited India first time, during his way from the airport to the hotel he counted 17 stray cows roaming freely on the roads of New Delhi. The problem of stray cattle on roads is not new and these animals often bring the flow of traffic on busy roads to a standstill. These cows cannot be slaughtered (killed) easily because Hindus have traditionally respected cow as a holy animal. There are several religious faiths surrounding cows, some believe that they are the vehicles of God and others believe that they are like mother (aka Gai Mata). The respect which cows use to get centuries back has long gone (among more than 90% of the Hindus) but some sentiments still exist. This is the reason why these cows cannot be killed or send to slaughterhouses. Often if a cow is killed accidentally, someone would come forward to claim the compensation.

These stray cows cause traffic jams and accidents. Their dung causes dirty roads, cluttered parks and clogged sewers. Polluted and tainted milk from these cows causes thousands of deaths each year including diseases like tuberculosis. They can take a nap anywhere, even in the middle of the road. Sometimes they get agitated and attack humans as well. These cows give a backward impression to urban India.

WHAT CAN BE DONE? (and is being done)
Most cows roaming in the streets of cities like New Delhi are not healthy cows, they do not live on grass or other hygienic foods. Most of these cows constantly eat food from garbage and leftovers. Even though it may not be obvious, many of them are actually diseased or sick. Eating their meat or drinking their milk is anyway not a good idea.

These stray cows present a great risk to both commuters and cows. Ideally these should be removed and sent to a forest where they can live their natural life. Before sending them to a preferred location they should be sterilized so they cannot reproduce further. Creating shelters on outer city limits is a good idea but it will not happen due to the budget constraints of our government. All cattle should be fitted with Microchip ID for identification purpose. Strict penalty should be imposed on owners of these stray cattle. Their water and power connections should also be disconnected. (Easier said than done .. huh ! )

In year 2003 New Delhi High court pointed out that
Directing shifting of all the dairies including 2,655 functioning illegally, out of the city, it said, "No effective steps are taken to prevent the cattle and the bovine animals from roaming on city roads."

New Delhi had recently hired about 150 stray cow catchers who are supposed to bring 10 cows per day. These people know that of all the cows are removed they will eventually lose their job. Due to the corruption, these stray cattle often make their way back on street and are often caught multiple times. In a long term, the problem should decrease.


WHERE DO THESE COME FROM?
Although most of these cows come from illegal or unregistered roadside dairies and cattle sheds, may are actually left by owners because they become old, stop giving milk or they cannot afford they any further. Municipal leaders often do not take action because it can damage their vote-banks. Jats,Tyagis and Gujjars are particularly involved in dairy farming and are a big vote bank. Often before the cattle catchers arrive, cattle owners are alerted because of internal fraud in the system. Ideally government should cancel the dairy license and prosecute the stray cattle owners.

Sometimes stray cattle succeed in entering the city from the nearby rural areas. Almost every city in India is struggling to cope up with the menace of stray cattle. Since 1951, about 150 villages have become a part of Delhi which causes certain households to continue dairy farming despite the spatial constraints. Many people who see the value of their land go up prefer selling it for big profits, while leaving their cattle on streets if no convenient buyer is found.

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Cattle scourge
yeah..very well written. ofcourse stray cattle on roads is a big problem. Jats nd gujjars are obviously a big vote bank. But the main problem why this is not being rectified is due to the worst deptt. Muncipal corporation. Recently I read an article where a NGO demanded that they will take care of the stray cattles and MCD should handover the rights to the NGO. But MCD will never do that because of corruption that they earn a lot of money by bilking govt. as they keep the allocated budget and never do their work. NGO has even filed a petition against NGO and case is pending with High Court. The local areas MLA must come forward and take some initiative to get rid of this problem.
manoj kumar 2009-08-20
hello
good article.definately cows on road is a big problem .and it is very simple to erase this problem if all the cows are caught and given proper care.this may eventually create jobs as cow is the source of all dairy products.things are simple though they look difficult.its easy and interesting if people have willingness to come together for good work.
nupur 2009-04-12



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