Sad News: A Cow’s End! Man’s Cruelty

This is a sad incident happened in Chennai, India. A cow scared of an injection and ran on the road, hit by a speeding vehicle and died, in spite of all the attempts by the Blue cross to save its life. The cruel part is the man who tried to give the injection was a milkman, who used “Oxytocin” to force the cow to produce more milk. (Read more below) May the soul rest in peace!

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The Blue Cross of India performs numerous rescues on a daily basis, but sometimes, we come across stories that seem to punch us in the gut and face the shocking truth of humanity’s inhumanity towards other sentient beings. This is one such story:

On the 10th of February 2014, a lady walking on Marina beach called the BCI, stating that a cow had collapsed from her injuries in a accident, and was oozing copious quantities of milk and moaning constantly, obviously in great pain.

One young cricketer on the beach informed us that a milkman came in the morning and poked the cow with an injection. He was about to poke the next cow when the cow in the picture was hit by a speeding car, on the head. The cow fell down, before dragging herself to the pavement and collapsing there.

The injection that had been given was oxytocin, used in the dairy industry to force cows to produce massive amounts of milk; far beyond what their bodies are designed by nature to produce. This, when given by an unskilled and untrained person, as was the case in this matter, can be extremely dangerous to the health and well-being of the person injected.

Milk really was oozing from all her nipples, but the owner of the cow, the charlatan who had injected her in so unskilled a manner, had escaped from the scene. The cow herself had obviously received a debilitating blow to her head as her nose was bleeding quite hard and she seemed to be concussed. She died soon after she was rescued, but the milk from her nipples continued to ooze out for over an hour afterwards.

The very simple fact of the matter is that when we, as consumers, provide a demand for milk and dairy, unscrupulous business people will do their utmost to exploit whatever means necessary to cater to that demand, which includes cruelly poisoning animals in order to force their bodies to go beyond the limits of nature. The only way to prevent such heinous barbarism is to boycott the products such scoundrels sell.

Source : Blue Cross of India

Adopt Dogs – Help Local Breeds – Missed perspectives Explained!

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The Man’s best friend need not be always from his own country of origins. Yes this is about the most admired and the most faithful pet for humans. Calling them the best friend explains their name The Dogs. But for most of us they are not just an animal, many are a part of our family with all good names to call by.

I do not know whether we befriended them or they befriended us. Whoever made the first move, it does not matter but the Dogs really have become a part of our life. Not just for assisting in hunting and guarding homes like in old history, now dogs means more than that for us.

Now they are enjoying almost everything like we do, their lifestyle too got advanced. They hold no sense for dressing yet we beautify them for our satisfactions with designer clothings and accessories. The Dogs of the modern world have got many privileges. They participate in dog shows, beauty contest and even act more in movies.

We humans are so kind to them in some sense and we are offering them specialized foods and medicines. We have organizations to protect them and ensure no harm is done to them. This is the beautiful side of the story.

There is another side where still dogs are orphaned and killed without care on the streets. Along with the human population, dog population too increases. These humble creatures are being the part of evolution where they cannot live without our support. They cannot go back to an independent forest life and hunt their food. Even the jungles are getting compacted now, so forget that options never exist.

The real concern is this, now we are beyond a point having a pet in our home as an act of companionship. Now for many it has become an obsession or a show off stuff to have a pet dog. It is a luxury now to have a different breed of dog what your neighbors do not have. It has become a pride and a fake galmour.

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There are various statistics presented along this writing you can see the trend in the dog population, economy that revolves around the dog market and the interest levels of the people in owning a dog. Though no. of dogs per person in India is on the lower side compared to the countries like US, Brazil etc. India now has the highest growth rate in the dog population and have become a high potential market for breeders / dog sellers. In future if the emerging trend continues, dogs will take a considerable cost of living of a normal middle class Indian family. Please do not get defensive about the points, I personally love dogs a lot and value them.

Yet I Just wanted to add some perspectives for you in this regard, which we might missed to watch for. If a dog has to be raised in an environment which does not suit the breed then it needs a lot of conditioning and preventive medications. Right from the food it eats, medicines, sterilizations, soaps, etc. They need to give additional caring. Well you can say that it is good.

No it is not. An illusion is being created by the global media and the dog economy (markets) that a specific breed of dogs holds a value to it. For instance during the 1980-2000 Pomeranians were so popular breed in India. Now the Pug, Golden retrievers is becoming so popular. When seen from outside it may show a sign like we are getting globalized and our acceptance level has increased, but there are many perspectives missed here.

1. We are ignoring the natural breed / the home breed of dogs which are well adapted to the climate and the lifestyle of our home. Just understand, for a dog breed from colder countries India would be a horrible place to live. The same will happen if we send our Indian breeds to somewhere in Russia. They struggle. There comes the additional dog grooming economy and the business people who capitalize this opportunity to take their stake from your money banks.

2. The orphaned dogs are mostly the home breeds which are neglected on the streets and left to die of starvation and killed as they are threats to our lives! Sad thing. They belong to us and they have no place to live. Every day blue cross of India is asking people to adopt dogs, which need homes. But our people always go for purchasing dogs from breeders, we only fancy about the foreign breed of dogs.

The argument is not against foreign breed dogs, but it is against falling prey to the illusionary dog marketing. We are further doing harm to the foreign breeds which struggle to live a normal life to our climate and environment.

3. What happens to the economy is even crazier. We have seen families who spend thousands of rupees per month for raising a dog, that money easily exceeds the average monthly salary of a government employee or an IT professional. This is not just happening in rich families but also creeping as a culture among various middle class families here in India.

They just wanted to show off by owning a special breed of dog and to play with. Seldom cares for the real happiness of the dogs. Most of the foreign breeds here live out their lives on medicines and injections. Normal style is something what they take out from the dogs.

What can we do?

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1. Stop fancying about a breed which finds it hard to complete even its normal life span on host climate. Adopt more home breeds.

2. Home breeds need lesser cost of living, than just a few timely sterilization and vaccines for diseases.

3. They adapt to our food habits and do not expect a special dog food, except in cases they enjoy you can buy them some as you wish.

4. Stray dogs will go less and more dogs will find sweet homes.

5. We can stop cruel breeders who just see the dogs as breeding machines and harm them.

6. Last but not least we are making the dogs happier to live in the climate they are used to. They do not need air conditioned rooms.

adopt_puppies4_2Please think. There are millions of people who starve for a normal meal and millions who long for basic necessities like access to education, drinking water and a sanitatized dwelling. If we can save our money, it can be invested somewhere and indirectly or directly it will help the humans to get the life they dream in their lifetime.

You may earn more and think what you spend for your dogs are much lesser. But if compared to the life expenses of people at a lower level that money is so huge for them. Two families can survive with the amount that your family spends for a Dog. A poor kid can get educated for one year with the amount you spend for your luxury dog for a single month.

You may not step on the streets and help out anyone with the money you ought to spend on your dog, but that money will remain in the circulation and helps the economy. Thus indirectly you will help the poor. Think Please.

– Words by Din

FOR ADOPTING DOGS IN INDIA : Check the Facebook page of Blue cross here, You get in touch there.

Courtesy : The Atlantic, The Hindu, Blue Cross of India and my friend C.S.Karthikeyan for inspiring me to write on this topic. 

Earth Our Home Too : Patrick the Miracle Dog’s Story

Must read miracle recovery story of Patrick the Pit bull, Miracle Dog. Please read about him, Save Animals, If we are not who will?

An emaciated Pit Bull discovered at the bottom of a trash chute in Newark last year moments before the trash compactor would have killed him, has made a miraculous recovery and now weighs a healthy 50lbs.

Rescued the day before St Patrick’s Day in 2011, Patrick as he was quickly named, weighed a shocking 19lbs and was on death’s doorstep when volunteers from the Associated Humane Societies took him to the emergency room at Garden State Veterinary Specialists. Now after a year of round-the -lock care, volunteers and doctors are all vying to remain a part of his life as they begin to look for a home for the brave pooch.

While the trauma of being tied to a railing for seven days and then dumped in a bin has inevitably left emotional and physical scarring, those who know Patrick talk only of how loving and trusting he is. ‘He is a tremendous fighter,’ said Dr Thomas Scavelli, the director and founder of the Garden State Veterinary Specialists, the pet hospital in Tinton Falls where Patrick has been treated.

Wife, Patricia Smillie-Scavelli, who is also the hospital administrator, told Irish Central: ‘He really gives love. He climbs into your lap, he would prefer to sit in your lap than lay on the floor. He also sleeps in our bed at night, along with the cat.’ Though understandably Patrick remains nervous around strangers, reported NBC, a treat or two quickly remedies his fear.

‘There are very few animals, or any life form, that could have gone through and survived what he has, and really never looked back,’ said Dr Scavelli of his courageous recovery. And few who have simultaneously become so much of a celebrity. Hospital staffers have chronicled his progress on their website and a Facebook page has garnered fans from around the world. He’s received hundreds of emails, donations, gifts and letters from those inspired by his tale of survival.

The hospital ordered 500 thank-you cards with Patrick’s picture to mail to those who have sent collars, dog shirts, toys, scrapbook pages or dog blankets embroidered with Patrick’s name, and they are fast running out. When Patrick, who is thought to be around a year old, was brought to the hospital after being rescued by officials at the Associated Humane Societies, he was so starved, emaciated and dehydrated he was curled into a ball, unable to walk or stand. His ribcage protruded, he weighed about 20 pounds – roughly 30 pounds less than average – and was covered in sores with parts of skin hanging off him, according to Patricia Smillie-Scavelli, Dr Scavelli’s wife and the administrator of the hospital.

‘Everyone thought that, you bring in an animal like that, that looks like it’s really just a corpse, you put it to sleep,’ Mrs Smillie-Scavelli said. ‘But of course, he looked up at you with those eyes, and you say: How can you give up on this dog? How can you, when he’s not giving up on life? So, we gave him that second chance, and he has just run with it, and thrived.’ After weeks of emergency measures that included a transfusion of three pints of dog blood, a special diet, medicine and physical therapy, Patrick began to gain weight and eat solid food.

He also started to enjoy taking outdoor walks in the sun and playing with the many toys that well-wishers had sent him. ‘This is not a month of starvation,’ Dr Scavelli said soon after his rescue. ‘This is a lifetime probably, or at least months and months of neglect, and to see the way he cares for people and trusts people, that’s really been the most interesting and rewarding thing to see about the canine spirit.’

Kisha Curtis of Newark, is scheduled to appear in court on charges of neglect and abandonment – fourth-degree offences for ‘tormenting and torturing’ an animal by failing to provide food and water, prosecutors said. The charges could carry a maximum jail sentence of 18 months and a fine of up to $10,000. She also faces two abandonment charges punishable by up to six months in jail with a $1,000 fine.

Authorities said Curtis tied the dog to a railing in her Newark apartment building and left the state for more than a week. A janitor later found the emaciated dog in a trash bin. Curtis has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Her mother told reporters at her daughter’s court hearing that the dog had been given to Kisha but she could not take care of it, so she’d tied it up outside hoping somebody else would take it. The Essex County courthouse has also received more than 600 letters and faxes from around the world expressing concern for the dog and urging swift and harsh punishment for Curtis.

‘In the 17 years we’ve been here we’ve never seen this type of response to an animal,’ Patricia Smillie-Scavelli said. ‘There’s something about Patrick that has really sparked interest, honestly, from throughout the entire world.’ She hopes to keep and care for Patrick herself.

Source & Courtesy: The Daily Mail,  Google and Facebook