Why animal lovers should avoid visiting India

If you are an animal lover then it might be best you avoided India altogether because some of the things you might see on the Indian roads will break your heart. I want to point out to some of the atrocities inflicted on the ox. If you are travelling to the rural areas of India, you are bound to encounter the ox cart (called bullock-cart in India) used mainly for agricultural purposes. It’s not just the farmers who use these animals; it’s used extensively in urban areas too mainly for transportation.

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bullock cart india

The ox is much sought and prized animal in India to do the things exactly as seen in the photos. In the cities, it is used for transportation, while in the rural area it is used to plough the land not to mention that it is a source of cattle dung for fuel.

The reasons for the survival of the ox cart in India is due to the fact that many farmers in India are poor and it does not require hard-to-get petroleum based high-priced fuels and the lack of decent roads in many areas of rural India. I remember my grandfathers’ village in Monger district of Bihar state it still does not have paved roads. You need an SUV (we call it jeep in India) to get there or one of these bullock carts.

These oxen have to go through a lot. Take a look at this photo, where the load is lighter, the ox may look a little skinny but seems to be fine but unfortunately in the second photo, it really breaks the heart.

treatment of bulls in india

The trouble is that the life of an Indian labourer is sadly not much different to an animal either. If the sweltering heat, or the congested streets, narrow lanes, wandering cows, crowded bazaars, cycle rickshaws or Indian traffic does not slap you in the face than scenes like these will certainly hit you hard almost like a full smack in the face. Try to stumble into any back alley or street in any Indian town and you’ll soon stumble into an India of grinding hard work. The old man seen in the picture pulling below seems to be struggling.

hard labour in india

The brutality inflicted on these animals causes disease especially cancer of the neck that significantly reduces their life span then they end up in the slaughter houses.

Just as the horse wagons in America were eliminated in the USA, don’t you just wish that these carts too were eliminated from India?

It’s not a pretty site. This abuse of bullocks is in direct violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. But no one cares in this country. There are no human rights to speak off let alone animal rights. The only thing some people care about is protecting the cow and preventing people from eating beef.

bulls in india

I wonder how many of these animals are often deprived of food and water too?

19 thoughts on “Why animal lovers should avoid visiting India”

  1. Shalu i am in deep love with Animal Kingdom.
    With all respect to Indian culture and religion ox is very sacred and loving animal and i think we all should do something to protect their rights. Like before and again now i believe your article will definitely open eyes of some people who care about animals.
    Well done once again Shalu 🙂

    • Mr. Ali , how many cows and bulls you must have eaten in your life? I believe at least 50 so far?? don’t give sermons when you are violent yourself. Any meat eater has no right to talk about animal rights.

  2. Hey Shalu,

    I agree with some of your points from the article. But as said by Vicky, we also worship animals. You can’t say like you should avoid travelling to India.

    The things which you’ve mentioned are improving day by day and hope one day it would be much more better.

    Thanks, anyway for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Hello mam,
    I totally agree with you on this point that we use animals for transport and to carry luggage but that doesn’t mean people dont love animals. no one can love animals more than farmer for them its an family member . But with respect i go with for torturing animals we should take quick and strict actions towards this.

  4. Hi Shalu,
    Your article are almost right but there are mane people who loves animals very much in india…I agree that many people act such ass heartless with the animals ..

  5. As an animal lover, I think that this article raises an important reminder that even though animal rights have a strong presence in our respective countries there is still a lot of work to do around the world until things are where they need them to be. There is a responsibility that pet owners have to make sure their animals are well fed and taken care of. Animals do not have a voice so the Humans who love them must be that voice!

  6. Hey Shalu,
    I am animal lover and proper action should be taken against this. Animals do not have voice it doesn’t mean that people do this kind of foolish things with animals

  7. Hello Shalu
    Very nicely written article but I must we as being human being we love pets and as Rohit said we workship animals also in India. and for the health of our pets, we do grooming and vaccinations.

  8. I love animals a lot. Animals do not have a voice it doesn’t mean that people do this kind of foolish things with animals. Your article is almost right but there are many people who love animals very much in India

  9. Animals have been a part of our social structure. We love and respect animals and revere them as well. With technology their lives could be made better viz better design of carts etc.Slowly they will not be used for hauling loads any more. But to brand india in this way and advise not to come to india is not only irresponsible, it is politically biased and lopsided argument. 1.2 billion animals are killed in this world EVERY week. Not in India. our share is quite low. We do not have game hunting , we do not have bullfights resulting in killing the bull. A lot of India is still vegetarian and we boast the best practices in the world in cuisine and ecology. DO you know what happens to race horses after they are out of racing?? they are killed. Do you know dogs are neutered by pet sellers so that they cant breed elsewhere. This list is endless and majority if it happens outside India.


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