Delhi planning to club old age home with cow shelter
Heard of a cow shelter with old age home?
Delhi Minister of Animal Husbandry Gopal Rai said the animals and humans have been interdependent.
In pic: In this file photo, an elderly man sits in the sun during a cold winter morning in the old quarters of New Delhi.
"We are planning a unique coexistence programme where elderly will be allowed to stay with cows," he said.
In pic: A man feeds a cow with bread on a street in New Delhi.
Spending time with animals
The government is planning to revamp the Ghumanhera cow shelter. It will turn out to be the most advanced one in the country.
"We will start a joint venture of cow shelter and old age home so that the old people can spend and interact with the animals just like in the village culture."
In pic: In this file photo, a cow lays on a street as a labourer washes clothes in New Delhi.
The policy will ensure the city is free from rabies and other such diseases.
Routine surveillance and risk assessment will be taken up on a regular basis to prevent diseases like rabies, brucellosis (an infection that spreads from animals to people, mostly by unpasteurised dairy products), japanese encephalitis and to reduces suffering and mortality.
In pic: Puppies living on the street snuggle under a sign advertising repair work services at a market in New Delhi.
Secure place for animals
The policy has proposed animal shelters and infirmaries for the abandoned/ stray animals, which will provide a secure place for animals to spend their life with care and dignity.
In pic: Cows gather together at the 'Sri Krishna' cow shelter in Bawana, a suburb of New Delhi.
Health infrastructure for animals
It also plans to strengthen the health infrastructure for animals through 24x7 operational veterinary hospitals, polyclinics, aviaries and a helpline for distressed animal and birds.
In pic: A baby macaque clings to its mother on the roof of a parked car in New Delhi.
Electronic chips to be used
The policy suggests tagging pets and cattle with electronic chips so that the owners could be identified.
In pic: Cows walk past smoke rising from a garbage dump at the Bhalswa landfill site in New Delhi.