Delhi cows and el­derly to moo-ve in to­gether

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

New Delhi, India - Delhi plans to cre­ate a spe­cial home for both el­derly peo­ple and some of the In­dian megac­ity’s thou­sands of cows, in a new an­i­mal wel­fare blitz also aimed at re­duc­ing num­bers of mon­keys and stray dogs.

The lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Gopal Rai said as he un­veiled a pro­gramme that ‘cows and se­nior cit­i­zens will co-ex­ist, tak­ing care of each other’ in the planned pilot fa­cil­ity in south­west Delhi.

“When a cow dries up, peo­ple leave her and she ends up in a gaushala (cow shel­ter). Sim­i­larly, hu­mans too are aban­doned and sent to old age homes, even by rich fam­i­lies,” lo­cal me­dia quoted Rai as say­ing.

Other steps in­clude ‘birth con­trol’ mea­sures for the In­dian cap­i­tal’s ubiq­ui­tous, mis­chievous and oc­ca­sion­ally dan­ger­ous mon­keys, the ster­il­i­sa­tion of stray dogs and electronic chips for cows and pets.

In ad­di­tion, peo­ple un­able to look after their cows - a com­mon sight on Delhi’s roads, im­ped­ing traf­fic and eat­ing rub­bish - will be able to house the an­i­mals in spe­cial hos­tels for a small fee.

Ever since Hindu na­tion­al­ist Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stormed to power in 2014, cows - sa­cred for Hin­dus - have won a near-VIP sta­tus.

Ru­mours of cows be­ing taken for slaugh­ter have sparked mur­der­ous reprisals and re­li­gious ri­ots.

Ev­ery month, some 600 cat­tle are rounded up in Delhi and re­lo­cated to five shel­ters.

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


This file photo shows a man feed­ing a cow with bread on a street in New Delhi on May 15, 2018

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