Stray Cow at Airport Prompts PETA Appeal: Gujarat, Go Vegan!


For Immediate Release:

15 January 2018


Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

Nirali Gada; [email protected]

PETA Asks Chief Minister to Tackle the Stray Cattle Problem at Its Source by Encouraging Vegan Eating and Businesses

Ahmedabad – Following reports that a stray cow caused havoc at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to the Chief Minister of Gujarat with a suggestion for tackling the stray cattle crisis at its source: encourage vegan eating and businesses in the state.

In the letter, PETA Director Poorva Joshipura points out, “It’s well known that stray cattle in Gujarat cause traffic accidents and even deaths, but their situation, of being forced to try to survive on the roads, is not their fault – the dairy industry and those who consume its products are to blame.”

She also explains that farmers who are unable or unwilling to feed cattle properly will turn them loose on the streets to beg or eat garbage. They and other abandoned cows often end up getting hit by cars, go without sufficient food or water, are beaten and abused, or eat plastic and other waste, which can lead to digestive complications that can cause a slow, painful death.

“There are good reasons why millions of people in India and around the world are already going vegan,” writes Joshipura, who cites concern not only for cows but also for human health: the consumption of cows milk has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity, all serious problems in Gujarat. She also points to animal agriculture’s contributions to climate change.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that China recently issued dietary guidelines aimed at reducing citizens’ consumption of animal “products”. Gujarat already has a huge vegetarian population, and its healthy soya industry could take advantage of the skyrocketing worldwide interest in plant-based milks. “Such initiatives would help reduce the state’s stray cattle population, while improving its citizens’ health and the environment and creating new business opportunities,” concludes Joshipura.

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