India Finds Nursing Homes for Old Cows
Stories about Indians and cows never stop coming. After the Bharatiya Janata Party introduced a beef ban, they found themselves with a whole new problem, namely, what do we do with cows who’ve stopped giving milk? In other words, the ageing cow population in India is causing new problems, and rather than building real nursing homes for cows who stopped nursing, the government is willing to listen to other stakeholders in an upcoming brainstorming session to find a solution for the problem other than the butcher.
And even though real nursing homes may not be the solution, one of the possible solutions in fact constitutes the cow version of a nursing home. The topic of the conference is ‘Gaushalas,’ which are cow sheds for abandoned cows. These sheds have been useful in some areas by using cow poo as biofuel and have even created jobs in some places, results that governments are always willing to listen to.
The conference is hosted by the environmental and agricultural departments in India and will include many stakeholders from the milk-producing industry. India is both the world’s largest consumer and producer of cow milk, totaling almost 150 million tons of milk in recent years.
Now that Indians clearly know what to do with cows when they’re producing milk and know what they don’t want to do with the cows once they stop doing so, it’s time to figure out a way to treat cow veterans in a way that benefits everybody. In fact, the cows are rumored to be the only stakeholder not present at the brainstorming conference.
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