Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal, Among the stray animals on the city roads, the highest numbers are cows and bovines. The cows and calf can be seen searching for edibles in garbage thrown on roads or near garbage bins.
Farmers who are unable or unwilling to feed cattle properly will turn them loose on the streets to eat garbage. They and other abandoned cows often end up getting hit by cars, go without sufficient food or water, are beaten and abused, or eat plastic and other waste, which can lead to digestive complications that can cause a slow, painful death.
However, the authorities appear to be unmoved by the plight of stray cattle and there is no policy to take care of bovines. Plastic remains in the cattle skeletons prove cows feed on polythene and die a slow, painful death. The government’s claims on cow protection have often proved to be hollow.
Cows in the city and the state are struggling to live; each day many cows die in Bhopal alone because of eating polythene or succumbing to a disease. This happens because there is no ban on polythene in the state and tonnes of plastic are thrown on the roads daily.
Stray cows feed on garbage and eat polythene, which is fatal. A large number of abandoned cows are either suffering from some infection or disease. One can find at least 30kg of plastic in the stomach of every cow or buffalo that dies in the city.
But civic authorities have failed to deal with the problem and the government hasn’t taken any concrete step to provide relief from the problem of stray cattle in the city.