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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.



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.

No more killing of old animals in Army: India’s Defence Minister

Source: defencenews.in

The Indian Army has reversed its age-old practice of killing dogs and horses, if they are unfit for the service for 1 month.

A new policy that envisages proper arrangement for old animals’ suitable rehabilitation till they die naturally is under the defence ministry’s consideration, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Last year, the Indian Army came under criticism from animal welfare activists after the force admitted that it killed the unfit animals.

“Army horses and dogs are evaluated for their fitness with respect to the performance of duties. Animals which are considered unfit for one month active service are disposed of by humane euthanasia,” the force stated responding to a right to information query.

This triggered angry reactions from animal welfare activists, compelling Parrikar to take note of the archaic practice.

“The policy regarding rehabilitation of unfit Indian Army animals has been revised and necessary instructions have been issued to Army headquarters regarding immediate cessation of further destruction of old and worn out animals,” Parrikar said in a written response.

Euthanasia would be allowed only for animals suffering from incurable diseases, injuries and terminal diseases, but even those animals are to be dealt with as per the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

The defence ministry has also appraised the Delhi High Court about the proposal to do away with euthanasia of old and worn out army animals and their suitable rehabilitation till they eventually pass away. The High Court is hearing two petitions on this issue.

Army animals are being trained at Remount Veterinary Corps, Meerut and National Training Centre for Dogs and Animals, Chandigarh before they are absorbed into the Army.

Among the dogs, the Army generally uses Labradors, German Shepherds and Belgian Shepherds, depending on the altitudes and weather. Their tasks range from patrolling to bomb detection.


Avoiding Eggs Won’t Kill You

The Vegan Lily

I’ve recently heard someone claim that animal rights activists or vegan activists try to encourage people not to eat eggs simply because they want to ‘kill off humans’. I’m genuinely curious as to whether or not people actually believe this.

As a vegan activist, I can confidently say that I encourage people to eliminate eggs from their diet because they have been proven to be dangerous to human health and the egg industry can also be cruel.

I care about animals and human health. At no point did I ever wish for any humans to die or for all humans to completely vanish of the earth (although every living thing and the planet would greatly benefit from this). I highly doubt that many animal rights or vegan activists are motivated by the death of humans nor would they wish that upon anyone.

This claim also doesn’t make sense to…

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Nepal: Gadhimai temple pledges to look away from animal killings

Source: Indian Express

Breaking from a tradition of centuries, the trust of the Gadhimai temple in Nepal, notorious for the wanton sacrifice of thousands of animals on the premises every five years, has announced an end to all future killings. Pujaris at the temple will now “sacrifice” coconuts, pumpkins and sundry other offerings instead.

Gadhimai is a sacrificial ceremony held every five years at the temple in Bariyarpur, some distance from Kathmandu. A large number of Indians, especially from Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, travel to Nepal for the festival during which buffaloes, goats, pigs, rats and chicken are sacrificed to please the presiding deity of the temple, Kali, a practice that is said to date back 250 years. The last Gadhimai festival happened in November 2014, and an estimated 35,000 animals were sacrificed.

In a statement released Tuesday, Ramchandra Shah, chairman of the Gadhimai Temple Trust, said: “The Gadhimai Temple Trust hereby declares our formal decision to end animal sacrifice… We can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is free from bloodshed. Moreover we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is a momentous celebration of life.”

Mangal Chaudhry Tharu, the temple’s chief pujari whose family has held the post for 11 generations and who has travelled to India to spread the word about the decision, said the bloody sacrifice every five years had disturbed them too but people’s faith always got the better of every other consideration. “We have been wanting to stop this practice too because it is very gory. But people have their own beliefs, they think Kali will feel happy by bloodshed, she will bless them with children. I am just a pujari, I would only pray for good sense among people. Now that it has happened we will sacrifice vegetables but no longer animals,” he said.

Animal rights activists who have campaigned for years to stop the vicious practice rejoiced at the initial victory in having won the temple trust over. They emphasised, however,the need to undertake development work in the area around the temple and also to spread the word among Indian devotees to ensure that the practice does not make a comeback on some pretext or the other ahead of the next festival in 2019.

“We commend the temple committee but acknowledge that a huge task lies ahead of us in educating the public so that they are fully aware. We will now spend the next three-and-a-half years till the next Gadhimai educating devotees in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal on the temple trusts’ decision not to sacrifice animals,” said Gauri Maulekhi, consultant with animal rights organisation Humane Society Internationale who had petitioned the Supreme Court of India to stop illegal animal trafficking ahead of last year’s festival.

India, first cruelty-free cosmetics zone in South Asia; bans import of animal-tested cosmetics too \m/


A good development. No animals must suffer for such superficial desires of humans.
Government has inserted a new rule 135-B in Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, banning import of products tested on animals.
Earlier, a few months ago, govt. had announced a ban on testing of cosmetics on animals in India. And now with this rule, which will come into effect from November 13, we’ve become the first “cruelty-free” cosmetics zone in South Asia.
Humane Society International had been campaigning a long time for this.






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