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Illegal Dumping of Municipal Solid Waste Continues at Pondicherry’s Truck Terminal

August 22, 2014

My reports about illegal dumping of municipal solid waste and biomedical waste at Pondicherry’s truck terminal have received considerable attention. Photographs first published on this blog have been used in Health Care Without Harm’s report Medical Waste and Human Rights for the UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur, and on the website of Occupy for Animals. My reports have been viewed thousands of times on this blog, and helped to inform Kunal Vohra ‘s excellent documentary, The Plastic Cow, which has been viewed over 40,000 times. 

Given such coverage of the problem, I was curious to revisit Pondy’s truck terminal to see the situation now, three years after my first report. I visited the terminal yesterday and discovered that the area is still being used for illegal dumping of mixed municipal solid waste and biomedical waste, and cows are still foraging in the waste.

This is a public health problem because, as I explained in my first post on this topic, cows that forage in burnt plastic waste are likely to consume dioxin and then pass that dioxin to humans through milk. Such dioxin is passed to infants by nursing mothers. Permitting cows to forage in municipal solid waste endangers the life of cows because plastic bags accumulate in their rumen and can eventually cause cows to die. As this footage shows, cows continue to forage in illegally dumped municipal refuse and biomedical waste in Pondicherry’s truck terminal.

If you consume dairy products in India, the chance is very high that the milk came from a cow that eats hazardous municipal solid waste.

Here are a few images of cows foraging at Pondicherry’s truck terminal:

Cow foraging in municipal and biomedical waste in Pondicherry, India

Cow foraging in municipal and biomedical waste in Pondicherry, India

Cow and crow in municipal solid waste in Pondicherry, India

Cow and crow in municipal solid waste in Pondicherry, India

 

 

 

Cow and dog foraging in municipal solid waste and medical waste in Pondicherry, India

Cow and dog foraging in municipal solid waste and medical waste in Pondicherry, India

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2014 5:11 am

    Horrible! Depressing!

  2. August 22, 2014 4:31 pm

    People are MEAN

  3. August 28, 2014 7:09 am

    Reblogged this on Time for Action.

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