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sugarcane season, it's common to see bullocks in Maharashtra panting and
frothing at the mouth from straining to pull carts piled high with sugarcane.
Their knees are swollen, and their necks and shoulders bear wounds that are a
silent testimony to their daily toil under the yoke.
forced to work on sugarcane farms are commonly denied proper food, fresh
drinking water, sufficient rest and relief from the blazing-hot sun. They are yanked
roughly by wires threaded through their pierced noses and are often beaten or
whipped. Strands of barbed wire are sometimes put under the wooden yoke, and a
thin piece of leather is attached to the whip to make it sting even more.
friends at Animal Rahat,
which offers relief for India's working animals, are improving conditions for
these bullocks. Animal Rahat's groundbreaking new initiative, The Tractor Project, is a way to
eliminate the use of bullocks completely and replace them with small
tractors. Keeping in mind the limited financial resources of poor famers to buy
a motorized vehicle to haul the cane, Animal Rahat made a donation toward the
purchase of five new tractors for workers at the Kranti Sugar Factory. The
factory then gave the employees an interest-free loan for the rest of the cost.
five bullock owners were presented with their new tractors, and their 10 old,
worn-out bullocks were released from servitude in a touching ceremony at the
factory. When the bullocks arrived at Animal Rahat's Retired Bullock Home later
that same day, caretakers removed their nose ropes and offered the relieved
animals jaggery, a sweet treat that they love, to welcome them.
Kranti Sugar Factory along
with the help of Animal Rahat is planning to distribute more tractors as they
find the funds to do so. And Animal Rahat is preparing to expand The Tractor
Project to other areas if possible and end the suffering of bullocks
To contribute to Animal Rahat's overall efforts
– which fund new initiatives, including The Tractor Project – visit Animal Rahat's fundraising page.
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