- Written by Anando Das Gupta
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UPDATE: The sub inspector of C.R Park Police Station Mr Anil, went and warned the culprits not to harm the dogs. Special thanks to him for taking the effort
It was just few months back when not only were some dogs beaten around and one poisoned in my own colony by unknown people of the RWA , my car was also damaged at night. You can read more about that in the link give above. Just 5 months have passed when I again started to see few of the dogs are having injured legs and other injury marks and decided to get to the bottom of it.
I was informed by few people that a certain person who lives across my lane and does nothing all day except smoke cigarettes standing in his balcony has ordered the colony guards to beat the dogs out of the colony park. (which is not only illegal but immoral) . The dogs are so friendly that they follow the children in the park and play with them and end up staying there. I was also told that he himself once went with a stick to beat them up .
My father, friend and I spoke to the guards and they confirmed that they were given such instructions by that vile man and I requested the guards not to follow it as its illegal and morally wrong. They agreed and said that they didn't want to do it themselves but were scared of losing their jobs. I ensured them that they won't. That very day they three of us also went and spoke to the man who completely refused that he ever gave any such orders to the guards so we believed him and went away.
The next evening, I heard a huge commotion happening and went to see what was going on. I was shocked to see that that same man was abusing the guards and me standing in the middle of the road. I stood and heard that he was accusing him of being the informant and was threatening the guard of dire consequences. I decided enough was enough and went to intervene. I told that horrible excuse for a man that the guard wasn't the person who informed me of his hatred of the poor animals, other people informed me and threatening to beat him and taking his job away was wrong.
He started abusing me and almost hit the guard. We got into a major altercation and I got in between the guard and him to protect the guard. Some neighbours came and stopped our altercation. I called the police and complained about him and the guard corroborated the whole story.
The next day he called few more animal haters of the colony and got together to file a false police complaint against me that I beat him up which of course was totally false and there was no proof of it. I also received threatening calls from his son. Post which I filed a formal complaint against him for beating up dogs and threatening the guard, my father and me.
This is what a normal Indian has to face to take care of some animals in this country.
- Written by Hiranmay Karlekar
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Abandoning cattle means sentencing them to acute suffering and painful death. Animal cruelty should be stopped at any cost with strict penalties to the defaulter
According to some locals, a woman came in from somewhere in late February and released three cows and two calves in the forests abutting Bohrakote village in Ramgarh block in Uttarakhand's Nainital district. They had disappeared by the time I arrived at the place. Nevertheless, I believe the locals. Driving out cattle after these stopped giving milk is becoming shockingly common, and not just in Ramgarh but everywhere in India. I have seen an increasingly large number of homeless cattle wandering about in streets and highways while travelling by road through western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
The evil is not new but has grown rapidly after the banning of cow slaughter in most States, the clamping of restrictions on cattle trade and transportation, and attacks on people suspected of carrying beef or cattle for slaughter. Many of the animals that were sold to butchers are now driven out. I am against the killing of cows, as I am to the killing of all living beings. Abandonment is tantamount to killing, as cattle that are driven away die slowly amidst terrible suffering. Used to being kept in sheds, protected from the elements, and fed regularly, they suddenly find themselves in totally unfamiliar surroundings. Those that somehow find their way back to their old homes are often beaten mercilessly with lathis and pushed out.
Exposed to rain and cold — which is bitter in many parts of India, particularly in the hills — the wind and heat, they fall ill and die painfully. Farmers chase them away if they get into their fields. Unused to finding food for themselves, and with relatively few bothering to feed them, many of them eat pieces of plastic, with consequences that require no elaboration. A large number of them fall prey to leopards.
Even when a cow gives milk, the bulk of it is consumed or sold, depriving her calf of his/her fair share. The issue, however, does not generally arise in the case of male calves who are thrown out almost immediately after birth and left to die. People have little use for bulls, once much in demand for pulling ploughs and/or carts, following increasing use of tractors and mechanisation of agriculture, and the growing spread of automotive transportation. One hears that people abandon cattle not out of cruelty but because they cannot afford to maintain them after they have stopped yielding milk. This is true in many cases but not in many others where the motive is not spending money when it can be avoided — however cruel the consequences. Even those who take the lack of means plea, rarely take the trouble of taking their cattle to the existing shelters — good, bad and indifferent. All this is not surprising. History is replete with examples of unspeakable cruelty inflicted by humans on their fellow beings. It is infinitely worse in the case of animals who, to all intents and purposes, have been excluded from the universe of human morality. The latter's safeguards against violence, cruelty and murder that apply to humans are not for them. The emerging movement for the recognition of animal rights is as yet not strong enough to make a significant difference.
There are, doubtless, exceptions. In Ramgarh, Bhawan Singh Dhaila, an ex-serviceman, lovingly looked after his cow, Kali, long after she had ceased giving milk and buried her with proper ceremony after she died. In Ramgarh, again, a young neighbour, deeply moved by the plight of abandoned cattle, wants to build a shelter to house as many of them as possible.
Bhawan Singh's is a shining example. The young man's effort is commendable. Maltreatment and abandonment of cattle, however, is so widespread that Governmental effort is needed for establishing an adequate number of cattle shelters, making for condign punishment for abandoning cattle and launching an effective campaign underlining the utter immorality of the practice, which also affects humans adversely. For example, abandoned cattle, wandering on the outskirts of human settlements, attract leopards and aggravates the growing human-animal conflict. Government personnel, however, cannot go around inspecting whether cows are treated well wherever they are kept. For this and other issues related to animal well-being, one would require thousands of committed volunteers affiliated with animal welfare NGOs. They do not exist now. People must join their ranks instead of those of Gau Rakshaks who have not quite covered themselves with glory.
(The writer is Consultant Editor, The Pioneer, and an author)
- Written by Anando Das Gupta
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this is a very painful yet honest video of doggies requesting humans to be more caring about them. Its in hindi so non hindi speaking people will not understand it but the synopsis is that ...well you will understand, just see the video.
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