Throughout their lives, dairy animals have been an important source of income for the dairy farmers and have contributed towards the upliftment of farmers.
But, the hard truth still remains. Dairy animals, today, are considered to be nothing more than milk producing machines. They are artificially inseminated so that they can produce milk and hopefully a female child. A male calf born to the dairy industry is considered a liability, as are old 'spent' cows and they either sent for slaughter or abandoned on the streets.
It is thus necessary that their maintenance cost should be covered by their owners/dairy farmers/commercial dairies to prevent the wanton cruelty and suffering that dairy animals undergo after they are no longer producing milk.
As per Article 51 A (g) of The Constitution of India,1949, “It shall be the fundamental duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures”, FIAPO has asked the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Ministry of Agriculture to allocate funds for these unproductive animals, money of which should be contributed by the farmers/dairy owners/commercial dairies running in the respective states. This will enable government funded Gaushalas to support these abandoned/unsheltered animals to have a humane sustenance for the remainder of their lives.
Support the campaign and make dairies pay! Read FIAPO's letter to the Ministry below, and send your own and speak up for cows and buffaloes across the country.