Category Archives: Animal Rights

At ‘cow hospital’ in Punjab, signs of sword and acid attacks on bovines

Source : Indian Express

Farmers getting rid of stray cattle through cruel means, says caretaker, they say ‘protecting crops’

At a huge shed in Punjab’s only ‘gau hospital,’ a cow writhes in pain; fresh blood seeps through bandages that have been used to cover stab wounds in its stomach and legs. Just when the animal looks like it may lose consciousness, a group of workers haul it into a corner, where a mobile intravenous drip is rushed in and a needle is inserted into its foot.

Faced with increasing numbers of stray cattle and tighter regulation regarding the sale of their ageing livestock, farmers in Punjab are resorting to cruel methods to get rid of them, says Kulwinder Singh, (38), who runs the Baba Gau Hira Hospital, which treats injured cows, at Kaunke Kalan village in Ludhiana district. “Stray cows are being attacked with acid and swords and are being burnt with matchsticks. Some even have pepper applied in their eyes and udders. Each month we rescue at least 60-70 such cows,” he says.

Even those left on the roads and streets have it no better, says Kulwinder. “We find all sorts of human waste, iron objects, plastic and garbage in the stomachs of dead stray cows. It is what the abandoned animal has been feeding on for months,” he adds. As per the state-run Punjab Gau Sewa Commission, over one lakh stray cattle roam Punjab’s streets, most of which are the exotic cross-bred Holstein Friesian (HF) cows, generally abandoned by farmers after they turn infertile or stop providing milk.

Kulwinder’s facility, some 40 km from Ludhiana, houses some 115 wounded or diseased cattle, 90 per cent of which are HF cows. While the veterinary hospital at the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) treats all sorts of animals and there are privately-run cow shelters, the Baba Gau hospital is the only one that exclusively treats injured cows.

Kulwinder began work in 2011, initially rescuing stray cattle before opening the ‘cow hospital’ on half an acre of land handed over by a village resident. He runs the facility through donations and monetary help from his brother in the US. “Some farmers give us fodder and some veterinarians don’t take fees. We still spend at least Rs 3 lakh a month, which includes the salaries of around 14 employees and most importantly medicines and fuel for our ambulance,” he says.

The ambulance, fitted with a hydraulic ramp, was bought last year at a cost of Rs 6.5 lakh. “We bought it in instalments and now it is convenient to rescue cows from nearby districts too,” says Kulwinder, dressed in a orange kurta and turban.

The hospital has a 24×7 helpline number (82733-82733), which receives calls regarding injured animals from Jalandhar, Barnala, Amritsar and, Pathankot. Once a call comes in, it sends an ambulance and its workers to pick up the injured animal. Cows that are successfully treated are shifted to the Faridkot gaushala with which the centre has a tie up.

 

The 38-year-old says his love for cows is not due to religious conviction. “I opened this cow hospital because I cannot see them in pain. It is inhumane to leave them dying on the roads after using them for milk and other benefits,” he says. He also says he has not received any help from either the state or central governments. “My file for free power supply for the hospital is pending with the administration for months. Not a single politician from the BJP or Congress or any other party has offered us any help. We don’t need it but then how are you a gau rakshak if you can’t help those actually working for cows?” asks Kulwinder.

While he highlights the cruelty being shown to stray cattle, Kulwinder believes it is the handiwork of some errant farmers. “We are not in favor of slaughtering any animal but genuine traders should not be harassed. Farmers need to be educated about the benefits of indigenous varieties and the correct ways to manage the HF breed,” he says. Daljit Singh Gill, president, Punjab Dairy Farmers Association (PDFA), the largest association of dairy farmers in the state, admits there is a problem but adds that it is only “bound to increase”. “Small farmers are going through hell as their crops are being damaged by stray animals. Now with Yogi Adiyanath becoming the CM of Uttar Pradesh, cattle trade has become more difficult. How can farmers be blamed for attacking animals destroying their crop?” Gill asks.

Dr A S Nanda, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, says,”We in India talk about cow welfare but abandon them on the roads. In England, for instance, cow slaughtering is not banned but their cattle welfare index is way higher than us.”

Punjab Gau Sewa commission chief Kimti Bhagat says the government is looking at ways to reduce stray cattle numbers. “We are working on viable methods like importing of semen from the US to produce only female cattle, which farmers don’t abandon,” he says.

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SHREDDED SINGH (Mr. Preetinder Singh) – A devoted Sikh bodybuilder and dedicated animal lover

This post is a shoutout to one of the most angelic humans I have come across in my life. It is about Mr. Preetinder Singh aka Shredded Singh.

He can be described as a compassionate animal lover, passionate bodybuilder and devoted Sikh spiritual practitioner. He is extremely humble and polite.

He takes out 3-5 hours daily from his arduous schedule solely for helping and feeding animals (mostly street dogs) in his city Patiala. He feeds 27 dogs and 15 pups daily (as on latest count), rescues hurt dogs whenever he gets a call and routinely immunizes and sterilizes these dogs.

He feeds his adopted dogs and pups authentic dog food bought from store in addition to home food.

He makes sure that hurt dogs receive professional treatment from qualified vets and then keeps them in his home for some days to recover. After that, these dogs are rehabilitated.

Upon seeing him everyday, “his” dogs run towards him. He has such four-legged fans in most parts of the city 🙂

He also attaches collars to these dogs so that they can be saved from becoming roadkill especially at nights. Attaching collars also has the added benefit of reducing stone pelting on such dogs as people might think they are “owned” as pets.

Mr. Shredded Singh is also a full time bodybuilder, nutritionist and online coach. He follows a vegetarian diet.

He is a human certainly worth emulating.

All this goes on to show that we have many unrecognized heroes in our midst and such pure hearted people must be given visibility/promotion by us to reaffirm faith in humanity.

He can be reached at :-

YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwq6fPRaljeEC6AmZT-2YdA

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/shredded.singh/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/shreddedsinghofficialpage/

Snapchat – EKAMPREET89

Following are some of his posts (note: all the pictures belong to Mr. Shredded Singh, use only after his permission) :-

Small message to Inspire you all.. When you Train yourself.. Make it sure that You Train yourself PHYSICALLY & SPIRITUALLY as well.. I train myself in the gym To make myself Physically Strong & What Makes me Spiritually Strong is 'Feeding those Voiceless who never can speak by mouth but their beautiful eyes tell me a lot of things, by serving this beautiful creature of God I feed my Soul every single day & believe me When I sleep they use to come in my dreams with the Voice "I really don't know You gonna believe it or not, but for me it is Voice of GOD" . .. One small poetry- kya kare Padh ke geeta, Kuraan or Gurbaani, jab baat Guru ki Nah Maani.. . .. Sab da Bhagwaan/ Parmatma ik hai.. Te parmeshwar khudh ehi kehnda ki Meri Baani padh ta lehnde ho par je uss Baani nu asli zindagi ch apnaoge hi nahi ta uss da ki fayda.. 🙏 . .. Kar Sewa Kar Sewa Kar Sewa.. #ShreddedSingh #AnimalLover #StreetDogsLover #DontBuy #DontShop #AdoptOne #ILoveDesiDogs #OurIndianDogs #BestFriend #Dogs #Puppies

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READ COMPLETE POST – It is so easy & normal for people to spend 5000-10000 Rupees to buy a dog from breeders.. But it is really difficult for them to spend 50-100 Rupees to feed a street dog.. #Strange Don't buy Don't Shop.. ADOPT ONE. Give better life to our Indian Desi Dogs.. I am raising funds for the better life of street Dogs by Providing them Healthy Nutrition dog food meals along with Vaccinations & Medications ( 7 in 1, Rabies, Deworming & others ) & most important by STERILIZED/SPAY them.. My dream is to give them healthy and better life & I will do what all I can do to serve them until end of my life.. . .. If anyone Interesed to Donate for this Noble cause for thr better life of our Indian street Dogs.. You Can Direct message me for details.. Options available for Donation are Paytm, Bank Transfer & for overseas people you can also donate via Moneygram & Western union.. Kindly keep this in mind when you direct message me, You mention it "FOR DONATION".. So that I can easily noticed it out from all random messages.. Thanks you.. Every little help will be considered as a big for these Voiceless🐶❤ . .. As of now, my fur family which I have to feed on daily basis are 27 Dogs & 15 pupps & still I am trying to find out another new pupps who took birth last week but I m not able to find out because DogMom don't want me to follow her yet at the place where she delivered them.. Feel free to message me for Donation by forwarding your helping hands 🙏 Regards, #ShreddedSingh #StreetDogsLover #AnimalLover #DogsLover #DontShop #Dontbuy #AdoptOne #ILoveDesiDogs

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Appeal to Humanity.. These Five 8 weeks old puppies need to find out their forever home.. They are our cute Indian Desi Dogs.. Let me tell you more about why to adopt them ? a) High Immunity than breed dogs to survive for more years than breed dogs in India's weather.. b) more active & friendly in nature.. c) Very cute faces.. d) Can survive comfortable in both weathers either summer or winter.. . .. Now let me tell u about these 5 puppies.. Among them 2 puppies are female & rest 3 are male.. ● I vaccinated all of them 7 in 1 shot yesterday (which is given to cure them from health diseases).. ● Deworming done.. ● Rabies shot is given when they will turn 3 months old.. They r just 2months old.. . .. Location – #Patiala.. They are getting raised with healthy food (Drolls puppy food, Home-made chappaties & diluted milk) so their growth is pretty good.. Each puppy weight 5kgs.. Current LOCATION – PATIALA.. For Adoption – Anywhere in India.. Either Patiala or outside.. Feel Free to ask more about these puppies.. This is Adoption.. So it is for free.. But I have to make sure that I will handle these puppies in the safe hands who will not gonna abandon them in the Future.. So I may ask you few questions so don't hesitate to answer them too.. Thank you.. Kindly Tag your friends.. If you can repost this to ur profile, that will be great initiative to help these Little 4 Legs kids to find out their forever home.. Lots Of Love.. Regards, #ShreddedSingh #StreetDogsLover #AnimalLover #ILoveDesiDogs #DontShop #DontBuy #AdoptOne #GiveThemChance #Puppy #Doggy #Dogs #Pupp #Adoption

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What a Busy & Productive day.. This morning, when I was having my pre-workout meal before Leg session, I got a call that someone who lives near to the gym where I use to go for my workout, has dislocated the 2 small puppies who are living outside the gym in their small home.. Well, I just had to bring them back because they are just babies.. With the help of one guy who knows in which village they left the pupps, I brought them back.. I met the person who dislocated & had counselling session for half an hour.. He was not ready to accept he was wrong but he agreed somehow that he will not dislocate again.. I hope so he will be man of his words.. . .. Than straight to the gym.. killed 2 hours Legs & Rehaab session.. And again back to work.. . .. Straight to the Govt. Medical Hospital & Have to release 5 female dogs which we picked on sunday for sterilisation.. 2 of sterilized females we released yesterday.. 5 sterilized females we released today & some people who came with us to collect their local street females in their cars.. Total 23 female dogs got sterilised in last 3 days.. we just started & I hope many kind people will be part of this & they will serve the voiceless animals as well.. One of our Team "I Love Desi Dogs" female member was with me and we together made this day beautiful for dogs..❤❤ More updates you can check on my Official SNAPCHAT 👉"EKAMPREET89"👈 is my UserName.. Kindly add me with UserName only.. Thank you all of you for being so supportive and sending so much Love from all over the world.. Regards, #ShreddedSingh #AnimalLover #DogsLover #StreetDogsLover #DontBuy #DontShop #AdoptOne

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"BARBIE" will be the Queen & Doll of the DogShow which is going to be happen Tomorrow (12th February,2017) at #PATIALA.. I am giving her a bath and we are getting ready and excited for tomorrow.. Please note the Venue : Polo Ground on the stall "I Love Desi Dogs".. Timings : 10 AM to 5 PM.. . .. P.s : Its going to be happen for the first time in the History of Dog shows that our street doggies are going to represent there.. We are not selling any dogs.. We are not against Breeders.. Our agenda is simple and clear that one should take care of the near by street dogs.. Providing food, shelter, vaccinations & sterilize that dog.. Change their entire life from discomfort to comfort with your little efforts, care, money & Love.. Me and My other Team mates who ALL are DogLovers will be there.. We are not any NGO OR NPO.. We are just common people who want to set an example that every Life is precious even its Human life or Animal's Life.. . .. … …. ….. #ShreddedSingh #StreetDogsLover #AnimalLover

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Time For Next Level Motivation.. Every Tiny thing which exists in this world have MOTIVATION in itself.. I am very Motivated guy, who have Dreams which I have to achieve without hurting someone.. Pure hardword is something I put in from past many years to achieve my goals but this was not enough.. Somewhere I was lacking in my peace of mind.. And finally My Waheguru helped me out.. I found my Peace of mind by serving the Voiceless Creation of God "Dogs".. Here is my little friend named BITTU whom I am going to foster for few days.. Bittu is my Power Booster of Motiation.. How ? Why ? . .. Okay, Let me tell you more about Bittu.. Bittu is going for surgery next week, you can see in Top right picture.. Professional Dog's Surgeon said they have to Amputate his foot because it may take his life due to infection.. Guess what? Bittu was in this pain more than One year.. almost 1 and half year he keeping going through this pain.. He is a dog from Karnal city which is almost 125 kilometers far from my hometown.. I keep posted about my dogs who live near by my home & One of my Online friend Dom Singh told me about this dog.. I contacted Patiala based NGO "Guardians of the Voiceless" make sure you check their facebook socials.. they tried on their behalf links in karnal to get this dog treated.. But No one give positive response.. we are not surprised because when No one can feel and see his pain from past 1 and half year.. than one telephonic call not gonna make big change.. They said we have to bring that dog Patiala & we just bring him here.. You know what "PAIN IS SOMETHING WHICH ACTUALLY MAKES YOU STRONG".. Bittu is so strong, gentle, friendly & understanding boy.. I can feel all his pain & this pain made me more stronger.. Feeding every dog is my lifetime goal but thats true I can't feed every single dog in this world.. this is why I keep sharing my Love with all of you everyday because I know you guys will follow this. it will touch your soft heart feelings & once u started feeding them I feel proud of you.. believe me I lovr u guys when u send me pupps & dogs videos on snapchat, My happiness is on somewhere I can't explain.. continued in comments

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SMALL REMINDER FOR EVERYONE WHO SERVE AN ANIMAL OR WHO IS CRUEL TO AN ANIMAL.. . .. Sometime Humans Become so arrogant & foolish that they start reacting like an Evil towards Animals.. they literally forget that KARMA is still counting on our Actions.. I may not stand for every Animal cruelty in this world but My God Definitely stands for them I believe in my Waheguru.. . .. Just keep this in your mind buddy "THEY ARE VOICELESS.. YOU CAN'T HEAR THEIR BLESSING OR CURSE" but their creater GOD definitely listen the Voice of Voiceless and you will only REAP what you SOW.. . .. In punjabi "Waheguru inah Bezubaana di Insaan nalo pehla sunda.. Kyunki Insaan ta bolke sab nu das sakda, par eh bezubaan sidhaa Rabb nal gal krde ne te Parmatma nu sab dsde ne ki kehda Insaan inah nal kida da behave krda.. Jehda ehna nu Pyaar krda ohh Rabb de dil de nehde ho janda.. te jehda jehde v ehna nu marde ne ignore karde ne Rabb toh dur hoe jande ne.. Tuadi Kamayi di Ginti ch shayad tuada Hisaab kitaab galaat hoje, Par jad tuadi maut (final destination hai jo apa sab di) aauni hai, te KARMA ne jad kitaab kholke tuade kite karaam da hisaab karna, ohde ch kade v koi galti nahi houn wali.. . .. Hun eh tuadi Marzi hai Tusi ehna Bezubaana nal pyaar karo chahe ehna nu maro.. Mei kehan wala koi Nahi hunda, Waheguru Hi Faisla karda sab da aakhir ch.. #WaheguruMeharKare #LoveAnimals #DontBuy #DontShop #AdoptOne #ShreddedSingh #StreetDogsLover #AnimalLover

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Seeing God in all beings

Source : http://www.thehindu.com/society/faith/seeing-him-in-all-beings/article18619096.ece

Great learning brings great humility, for it exposes the extent of one’s ignorance. That is why Lord Krishna extols the vision of a true bhakta who is endowed with the knowledge of the infinite greatness of the Lord and of His all-pervading presence that inheres in the entire creation, pointed out Sri B. Damodhara Dikshitar in a discourse.

There are as many kinds of devotion as there are individuals. The average devotee is generally compassionate and affectionate to all beings, but feels a sense of differentiation between friends, enemies and so on.

The beginner in the path of devotion worships the Lord in the form of a deity or some form, but fails to accept His presence in other beings. But a true bhakta sees the Lord in all beings and also sees all beings in His Self. This vision is the culmination of jnana and bhakti and a bhakta never slips from this awareness.

It is said that once Saint Eknath, when retuning from Kashi Yatra, was moved to see a donkey almost dying of thirst on the way.

Without any hesitation, he opened a vial of Ganga water and poured it into the parched mouth of the donkey. He saw only the Lord in the soulful eyes and not the donkey.

In the case of Saint Namadev, he once chased a dog that had taken away the bread given to him by his wife, only to offer it the sugar and ghee as well which it had left behind. The dog became the Lord in front of him.

When Lord Shiva is said to have come in the form of a chandala to grace the yagna of Somasi Mara Nayanar, the Adiyar unhesitatingly offered the same hospitality he would offer others.

The Lord wants to show that in the eyes of a true bhakta, where Truth alone is revealed, there is no need for Him to come disguised.

The four-legged protectors: 4 stray dogs save baby girl in dumpster in Bengal

Source : http://indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-in-india/four-stray-dogs-save-newborn-from-dumpster-in-bengal-3742306/

Over the past couple of months we have come across many incidents of stray-dog menace and dogs being attacked in retaliation. The debates about dog culling in Kerala to Union minister Maneka Gandhi appealing for action against dog killers, have been sad and disappointing.

But, here’s something positive that cheered people on social media — a report on four stray dogs saving a newborn found in a dumpster. The news was reported in Purulia district of Bengal. According to Times of India, the four dogs not able to do much after discovering the child, sat in guard and protected her from crows and patiently waited for help.

On November 5, a schoolteacher identified as Ulhas Chowdhury, on his way to school, heard the wailing of a baby. He started looking around and trailed the cry coming behind the bushes. Suddenly he saw a small baby wrapped in pink cloth crying aloud, with four, four-legged protectors.

Discovering the little one, Chowdhury alerted people of the neighbourhood and asked for help. The report adds that Chowdhury’s neighbour Parveen Sen rushed to the spot and picked the baby from the bin and even feed her milk.

When the baby girl was brought to Chowdhury’s home before taking her to the hospital for initial examinations, her rescuers followed the people to his home and ensured she was okay.

The Purulia Sadar police station was informed and they informed the incident to 24-hour child helpline. The baby is current in a local hospital and has jaundice but doctors say there is nothing to fear. The doctors also said that the abandoned baby girl is 7-10 days old and weighs 2.8kg.

Why cows for Hindus are holy? -by Karolina Goswami