It was a Sunday evening when I received a call about an injured cow which had been sitting next to a ditch for almost a day, on the main Vasant Kunj road. Badly injured, she could not even stand properly. The cow had fallen into the ditch and was rescued by a fire tender, who left soon after pulling her out.
On reaching the spot, we found that the cow belonged to a nearby dairy farm but was denied a shelter while it rained heavily the previous day. She was eight months pregnant and was not given anything to eat. The dairy owner made no attempt to take the injured animal to the hospital either. We called an ambulance for the cow and asked the dairy owner to accompany her, to which he blatantly refused saying he had other cows to “feed”.
The cow was taken to the hospital where we were told that her uterus was ruptured, her thigh was broken and her child had died inside. Later, she succumbed to her injuries at the hospital, a fact which is yet unknown to the dairy owner as he never came to check on her.
We often find a lot of stray cows roaming on the streets of Delhi. You can easily find them congregating near garbage dumps desperately trying to find something to eat. Have you ever wondered where these cows come from?
Most of these cows belong to such dairy farms. They are not strays, at least, not until they can produce milk. In order to cut down on expenditure, it is a common practice for dairy owners to let out their cattle onto the streets where they are left to feed upon plastic waste and paper. The cows are milked in the morning and left to wander on streets while the dairy owner sells the extracted milk.
Within Delhi alone, such cruelty against cows is being practiced everyday. You can do your bit and introduce the change. Please call MCD/NDMC the next time you see an overflowing garbage dump and ask them to clear it up.