Custody Battle Over Cow

For Immediate Release:

13 November 2019


Garima Jain; [email protected]

Hiraj Laljani; [email protected] 

Magistrate Court Awards Interim Custody of Cow to PETA India, Which Rescued Her With the Help of Mumbai Police

Mumbai – The Metropolitan Magistrate Court, Andheri, has granted custody of a cow to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India after the group filed a First Information Report (FIR) at Amboli Police Station against a man for abusing the animal in the middle of a busy street and forcing her to beg. Advocates Seoula Vas and Shivamsinh Deshmukh appeared and argued the matter for the group.

A certified copy of the court order issued to PETA India is available upon request.

The FIR refers to violations of Sections 3, 7, 10, and 13 of The Maharashtra Keeping and Movement of Cattle in Urban Areas (Control) Act, 1976, and Section 11 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. The cow was rescued with the help of Amboli police officers and was immediately admitted to the Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals veterinary hospital in Parel for necessary care.

Pictures of the rescued cow is available upon request.

“PETA India quickly worked alongside Mumbai Police to rescue this cow, who was unable to walk because of her swollen udder,” says PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Garima Ozas. “Dairy farmers who are failing to feed cows often turn them loose on the streets to beg or scavenge for food. They commonly end up being hit by cars, suffering from starvation and dehydration, eating plastic and other litter, and being attacked by cruel people.”

In its intervention application filed in the Metropolitan Magistrate Court, Andheri, seeking interim custody of the cow, PETA India noted that movement and keeping of cattle is prohibited in the Mumbai region, including Andheri, as per a 2006 notification of the Maharashtra government. The court, taking cognisance of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Care and Maintenance of Case Property Animals) Rules, 2017, notified under the PCA Act, was pleased to approve the application. Now that PETA India has obtained interim custody of the cow, it will secure housing for her at a sanctuary, where she can receive further veterinary care and live with other rescued cattle.

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that in the Indian dairy industry, female cows endure horrendous abuse – including being chained up and artificially inseminated using crude instruments and being separated from their newborn calves. The group’s eyewitness investigation into the industry also documented that animals are routinely kicked and struck, denied veterinary care, and forced to stand and lie amidst piles of their own faeces.

Humans who consume dairy can suffer, too: consumption of cows’ milk has been linked to a higher risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and respiratory problems. Animal-friendly soy milk is rich in protein, fibre, and isoflavones and contains none of the artery-clogging cholesterol found in dairy. Other plant-based milk options include those made from almonds or coconuts.

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