CATTLE CONSERVATION IN MODERN INDIA

By PRATHA SHARMA, DELHI, INDIA

NEED FOR CATTLE CONSERVATION IN MODERN INDIA

Modern day India empathizes with the utter dismal and pathetic conditions of cow, 
calves and bulls. The ancient Indian culture that was restricted to Hinduism 
revered the cows that marked the basis of milk, agriculture and the foundation of 
a home.

Repeated attacks by foreign powers brought with them multicultural environment and 
lead to the decadence of the cattle protection and status in this country.

Every now and then we hear of relating cow protection to religion, but the truth 
remains that it is the culture of this land and root of this soil that grants 
protection to cows and prohibits their slaughter. Irrespective of one’s religion, 
it is the responsibility of all inhabitants of this land of India to protect and 
respect cow and it’s progeny. Various instances have come forward in the past of 
muslims taking care of blind cows in temple goshalas in Haryana, muslims stopping 
cow slaughter in Gujarat. Religion is just an excuse beef eaters and traders are 
using to promote cow slaughter.

No other nation has the sensitivity in cows that the land of India possesses. 
However dismal is the condition of the poor cows, their ill fate that each time 
their protection is related to the religious issues and no one comes forward to 
creating a revolutionary landmark effort in cattle protection in this country.

In Delhi, we see that these cows and calves are on the streets, and while the 
owners take out the milk regularly, the male calf is not fed mother’s milk even 
for a few days, is separated from the mother, left on the streets all alone, be it 
heavy rainfall, extreme heat, or harsh winter conditions, or better still the rash 
traffic and trucks. Then these so called dairy owners wait for the calf to die or 
pick him up for hide, meat and skin. There is no check on what dairy owners do 
with the calves and the cow and no restrictions and punishments are there for 
them.

The pregnant cows and newborn are also left to search for food in the filthiest 
of the garbage bins for food in the harshest of the weather conditions, and many 
eventually pick up infections and die a horrific death (eating plastic bags etc. 
for instance).

No-one is there to look after them, and no veterinary doctor is available and 
ready to come and treat the street cows and bulls without money. On various 
occasions, even if someone is willingly ready to give money, they shall not come 
at all.

The bulls in this city fare no better, and lie wounded and uncared for on the 
streets if some passing-by vehicle fractures their limbs.

In the Delhi Government’s effort to get the cows off streets to show their false 
pomp to foreign nationals before the Commonwealth and in the year 2005, the local 
bulls were cruelly and pitifully dragged and put on trucks breaking their horns, 
and in various events when they refused to move on to the trucks the head of the 
bull was torn off while trying to force him on to the lorry.

It is the duty and responsibility of the Government to provide shelter for the 
calves, cows and bulls of Delhi where these stray animals can stay and have their 
natural life in peace, healthy surroundings without the fear of butchering, 
relentless cattle-owners and the traffic.

However, presently in 2016 when a grievance was filed with the Delhi Government 
for the poor condition in Delhi Government goshalas with no food, water, sanitary 
conditions and no veterinary doctors available, the grievance was outrightly 
disposed off with no reply or reason whatsoever.

A similar complaint to the terrible condition of cows on the streets and goshalas 
and local cattle owners the Government of India is replied with that it is not 
their call but the state government.

Hence no one is ready to take up their responsibility but all come in to involve 
minorities and religion in the name of promoting cow slaughter in this country.

The consequences of treacherous and barbaric treatment meted to the cattle of 
this country is evident in the development of chaotic climatic changes, diseases 
that emanate from the use of pesticides in agricultural products due to non 
availability of cow dung manure, synthetic milk and products on a widespread 
scale. Majority of problems relating to lack of agricultural produce, milk 
scarcity, drought and climatic changes, diseases of heart, strokes, cancer shall 
be alleviated the moment cattle of this country are treated with care and respect.

The restoration of glory of cow and it’s progeny shall bring back India to the 
status that the country enjoyed once upon a time.