Cow shel­ters strug­gle with sheer weight of num­bers

The Cairns Post - - WORLD -

COWS in In­dia are be­ing aban­doned in grow­ing num­bers and turned away by shel­ters that can­not cope.

The Sri Kr­ishna Gaushala on the out­skirts of New Delhi is typ­i­cal of shel­ters for home- less cows across In­dia – strug­gling to keep up with de­mand.

Sri Kr­ishna is spread over 15 hectares and is home to nearly 8000 cows, bulls and calves – mostly age­ing, ail­ing, and no longer pro­duc­ing milk.

Rajendra Singh Shekhawat man­ages 110 bustling sheds. The shel­ter is close to its 7800 ca­pac­ity.

“We have 7700 right now. All the other cow shel­ters in Delhi are fac­ing the same prob­lem, they’re all over­crowded,” Shekhawat said.

A 2012 live­stock cen­sus found there were more than five mil­lion strays across In­dia and more than 12,000 in Delhi.

Cows reg­u­larly hold up city traf­fic. Every month, some 600 cat­tle are rounded up in Delhi and re­lo­cated to five shel­ters. Courts have re­peat­edly or­dered au­thor­i­ties to take ac­tion be­cause of the safety and pub­lic health risk.

Pic­ture: AFP

TRAF­FIC STOPPER: A cow stands on a road in New Delhi, where every month some 600 cat­tle are rounded up and re­lo­cated to five shel­ters.

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