In India, we find stray animals almost everywhere like cows, buffaloes, dogs, cats, goats and others. These stray animals are neither taken care of nor controlled. They create inconvenience to all and sundry.
A colleague told me that he had seen a cow could hardly walk because of some wound on its foot. Another has its horn turned and piercing somewhere near its eye or bloated belly due to something like tumour. People would put some tilak on the forehead of the one with bloated belly to show that they worship the beast as ‘goumata’. Cows are indeed worshiped, but their pains are hardly taken notice. The animal suffers silently. Undoubtedly, if the cow dies, people would get another one to worship as ‘goumata’. There should be some alert institutions to take better care of the animals and attend to their wounds or pains. Simply worshiping or feeding them is not right treatment for the animals who could not express themselves.
Above and beyond, stray dogs create more panic to the situation. I have heard of areas where dogs bite man at night. Dogs are sometimes run over the heavy vehicles or are the cause of the road accidents. The matter is ignored all the times.
There are also nations which have no stray animals at all. Animals are pets with proper license. The owners take care of their pets. And if any animal is found straying in the streets, the owner of the animal is held responsible. Now who is responsible for the animals straying in India?
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