Cows keep dying in Yogi Adityanath’s UP

Written by SabrangIndia | Published on: April 1, 2019

Six cattle died due to hunger in the Saras Haat Temporary Gaushala of Rohli. The tehsil administration did not arrange for their fodder and their dead bodies have not been buried either. Dogs and birds are seen eating their flesh while other skeletal remains lie around in the open.


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Kannauj: Six cows died in the span of a week in Kannauj district of UP. The provisional animal shelter for stray rural animals in rural areas are becoming unofficial slaughterhouses, Amar Ujala reported in Hindi. Six cattle died due to hunger in the Saras Haat Temporary Gaushala of Rohli. The tehsil administration did not arrange for their fodder and their dead bodies have not been buried either. Dogs and birds are seen eating their flesh while other skeletal remains lie around in the open.
 
Without any arrangements, the village head left the animals loose. Rohli residents Abhay Pratap Singh, Anil Singh, Deshraj, Ramnath, Badan Singh, Ram Niwas, Lakhan Singh, Ramnaresh said that about 30 cattle were held in the temporary shelter.
 
Amar Ujala reported that the panchayat did not arrange any fodder for them and the cattle became disturbed by hunger and thirst. Some were injured because of fighting amongst themselves. Treatment for them was also not arranged. Some got stunned by getting in touch with each other. Their treatment was not arranged.
 
Cow deaths in UP have risen after the new government restricted cattle sale in the state.
 
Over 200 stray cows who were lodged at a state-run cow shelter in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, following the instructions of the state government earlier this year died in a span of two months.
 
At least 10 cows have died due to starvation at a cow shelter in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's home district, Gorakhpur.
 
A similar case had come to light from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh in January of this year where over two dozen cows reportedly died at a cattle shelter within a period of 48 hours.
 
As per the UP Gau Seva Aayog, there are 495 registered Gaushalas in UP. At present, most of them house more than their capacity.
 
The BJP government under Yogi Aditynath has been very strict on animal slaughter and most of the illegal slaughterhouses are shut. In May 2017, the central government came up with an order on Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which restricted the sale of cattle in the market for slaughter. Cow protection groups have also become super active, making it impossible to transport cattle from one place to another.
 
BJP’s policies have ironically resulted in animal cruelty on a large scale.
 
In December 2018, police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh of Bulandshahr was killed when he tried to control a violent mob that had been inflamed by the sight of a cow carcass. IndiaSpend, a data journalism service, listed 99 incidents of cow-related violence against Muslims and Dalits across 19 states between 2012 and 2018. Uttar Pradesh topped the list with 19 incidents and nine deaths.