Thu, 23 Jan 2014
INDIA – A private agency is on the lookout for street cattle after animal rights activists reported cattle deaths due to discarded plastic bags in Navi Mumbai.
Complaints were initially lodged to the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) which was told by welfare campaigners that it should be providing cattle sheds for nurturing stray cows.
An animal rights activist said there was no medical facility for injured cattle and no census had been undertaken to quantify the growing problem of street cattle in the west coast city.
These were both underlined as Cidco responsibilities.
The problem has been linked to stray dogs that scatter garbage over the street, reports the Times of India.
Cattle then eat the rubbish, along with any plastic bags. Plastic then becomes lodged in the cattle stomachs, releasing toxins and resulting in death.
Cidco's chief health officer, Dr B Bawaskar said, "We have appointed a private agency which catches stray cattle and nurtures them at the shed in Panjrapole near Chembur.
Mr Bawaskar added: “The agency carries out the drive at least twice a week.
“The stray dogs scatter the garbage while rummaging in the bins for food. While, the dogs don't eat the plastic bags, the cows do eat the plastic bags which can prove dangerous for their health.”