By DN Singh
Where is the symbiosis between human and animal? Instances of ditching the concerns for the animals, whom people had used to gain in many ways, are galore. Abandoning an animal waylaid once it gets old or infirm does speak of a mind-set which exposes the ruthless face of humans.
But, at the same time, there had been encouraging feats of magnanimity for animals and disastrous acts of abandonment of them when they needed care and compassion the most.
4 Lakh Animals Victimised In 10 Years!
“As many as 4.93 lakh animals were victims of crimes committed by humans between 2010 and 2020 in India”, says a report. According to a first-of-its-kind report prepared in India by a collaborative effort of the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) and All Creatures Great and Small (ACGS), cases of crimes against 47 species of wild animals and birds including street, working and companion animals were reported between the said period..
However, the report above does not include the killing of animals in accidents due to human neglect, slaughter houses, laboratories and other spheres. That could be humongous !
In focus are the animals who co-exist with humans and ultimately land in a horrific state of being either very old and infirm or, develop any handicap that ceases their utility.
Some Respite In Between Far and Few
Good news, like a couple in Odisha deciding to celebrate their wedding by feeding 500 stray dogs on the streets, bad news that many people abandoned their pets fearing a fake news that the animals can be the source of pandemic infections. A theory which has been rubbished by medical experts.
That apart, fairly recently a horse was cited in Ganjam district of Odisha, abandoned by its owner in a state of extreme ailments in its limbs, its movements restricted and unable to graze.
Rescue came its way but was too late and ultimately the life could not be saved.
In a similar kind of incident a camel was left to die after being abandoned by its owner in Ganjam district only. The animal suffered from various old-age related ailments and died.
Those are few of the many such incidents of that kind. Which after the outbreak of Covid has increased . In the lanes and by-lanes of the state capital, Bhubaneswar and other cities the sad spectacle of cattle lounging is common.
Karuna Society For Animals and Nature, People For Animal, Rahat For Animals, Sarnath Animal Welfare, Compassion Unlimited Plus Action, Peta and Wildlife Society of Odisha, there are numerous such voluntary outfits in the country and half a dozen of them can be found in Odisha.
But given the multitude of such incidents where rescue and rehabilitation of animals in distress is concerned, the State has a role.
In a first, the chief minister of Odisha,Naveen Patnaik, had made a few special allocations including the latest of Rs. 65 lakhs for feeding thousands of animals in several districts post the pandemic.
About the Author:
DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
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