In­dia cows get glow-in-the-dark horns

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NEW DELHI — Po­lice in cen­tral In­dia are stick­ing glow-inthe-dark strips on the horns of stray cat­tle to pre­vent mo­torists from crash­ing into the an­i­mals as they wan­der across roads at night, an of­fi­cer said on Tues­day.

Fol­low­ing a spate of road ac­ci­dents, traf­fic po­lice in one dis­trict of Mad­hya Pradesh state have stuck orange ra­dium re­flec­tive bands on the horns of 300 cows and bulls to help driv­ers spot them.

Stray cat­tle are a ma­jor traf­fic men­ace in In­dia, with hun­dreds of bovines roam­ing freely on roads across the coun­try.

“Many driv­ers in­jured them­selves or killed the cat­tle af­ter run­ning over them at night,” Kailash Chauhan, traf­fic po­lice in­spec­tor for Balaghat dis­trict said.

“There was an ur­gent need to pre­vent such ac­ci­dents,” he said.

Be­cause of the suc­cess of the scheme, of­fi­cers say they now plan to buy per­ma­nent ra­dium paint to cover cows’ horns, as the plas­tic bands only last for a few weeks. Au­thor­i­ties have also asked farm­ers to fix glow-in-the-dark bands on their own cat­tle

In 2015 more than 550 peo­ple were killed in In­dia in ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing stray an­i­mals, ac­cord­ing to road min­istry fig­ures.

A World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion re­port in 2013 said more than 231 000 peo­ple die on In­dia’s deadly roads each year. — AFP

Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Des­mond Tutu

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