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Does Sanctity Safeguard India’s Cows from Biomedical and Municipal Solid Waste?

June 16, 2012

Increasingly, I encounter assertions that Hindus’ reverence for cows will protect India’s cows from the nation’s solid waste crisis. But everywhere I find evidence that sanctity isn’t exempting India’s cows from becoming victims of pollution. In fact, cows may be the worst affected creatures. Many spend much of each day foraging amidst smoldering domestic garbage and biomedical waste. Many ingest and accumulate up to 50 kg of plastic litter.

Cow resting in smoldering mixed and biomedical waste in Pondicherry

Cow resting in smoldering mixed and biomedical waste in Pondicherry

The makers of the documentary, The Plastic Cow, have filed a case on behalf of animal rights in India’s Supreme Court, and the Court has agreed to hear the case. The Court has made state and central governments, and plastic bag manufacturers respondents in the case.

I’ll report the outcome of the case as soon as I hear it.

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  1. narhvalur permalink
    June 16, 2012 9:44 pm

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.

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