Stop animal driven carts!


“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.”

― César Chávez

In which century are we?

I am a dweller of Bangalore, India and outside the temperature is above 35˚C. There is not a hint of a breeze, not a little cloud in the sky to guard the sun for a while and it is very humid… We are almost melting just trying to carry ourselves around on our feet!

I had been out in my balcony and yet another of the most pathetic animal abuse scenes came unto my notice… I saw two men in a cart as big as a Honda City car, full loaded with furniture and cooking vessels, whipping a, probably, juvenile bullock to run along the blazing road in this dry heat… On the bullock’s neck, there was no proper bridle but a big square piece of log with sharp edges that was constantly hitting on its hump and the way it moaned, it brought me to tears. It is truly one of the saddest cries of misery that I’ve heard in a while. It stopped for a moment and down came a lash of whip for it to move again. They are not happy that it is trudging along but they want it to run! Why don’t they come out of the shade and try doing this, bare feet, even for a 100ft? I’m sure they’ll drop cold.

Something similar to what I saw... Only the cart was much bigger and fully loaded, with two men on it. P.C. - http://files.prokerala.com/
Something similar to what I saw… Only the cart was much bigger and fully loaded, with two men on it.
P.C. – http://files.prokerala.com/

Cattles and horses are not meant to trot on such concrete paths and certainly not to pull cart loads of people and their furniture and in such pollution and fumes of passing vehicles. Mini-trucks and matadors are there to do this work. Ploughing soft wet mud for crops is still acceptable to me since that is not as bad as this and the cattle are well looked after by the farmers. It is not a long process and the farmers walk the fields with their cattle. The good thing is, slowly, tractors are substituting them as well. But these people (in the cart I saw today) didn’t even seem to realise that the animal is a living thing and not some petrol-fed motor.

I believe cattle driven carts should be stopped immediately. This is one change that can be done right away. This is one good act of humanity which may be implemented without hassle. There is no reason to allow such unrequired torture to these gentle animals!

“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.”

― César Chávez

©2014 Amrita Kar Roy. All rights reserved.

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