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Help Abhinav Save Cows Being Starved in Bundelkhand, India

Hello! My name is Abhinav Srihan and I am an animal rescue volunteer in India. I want to give you a glimpse of a silent saga of suffering and death that has been unfolding in the very heart of India. 

With each passing year, drought has been intensifying in the Bundelkhand region of India. In the scorching summers the temperatures go up to 50°C and all the ponds and wells in villages run dry. Villagers no longer have fodder or water for the cattle.  As per an old tradition called Anna Pratha, all the cattle are rounded up and incarcerated in enclosures to prevent them from grazing on the remaining grass and crops in the fields. They are supposed to be provided with dry fodder and water, until the rains come. But the rains hardly every come! Both fodder and water have become increasingly scarce. The cows are still being incarcerated in enclosures but nobody brings them food or water - they are left there to starve.

Day after day, the cows sit in their deserted enclosures, the sun beating down hard on their parched bodies, waiting for someone to bring respite. But neither god nor man has mercy for these forsaken, forgotten ones. Only death brings respite. But even death doesn’t come so easy. Those who have seen a cow starve to death would know – first they become immobile and sit there for days, then they collapse and lie panting for days, their bellies bloat, their vital organs slowly bleed and rupture from the pressure of the gas, finally they have seizures that can last up to hours and then death comes. Some respite! 

Last year 3,00,000 cattle died in Bundelkhand (as per official estimates). This year, 500 have already fallen and the summer has only begun. I have been going from enclosure to enclosure in the worst-hit Mahoba district, reporting live on my Facebook Page. The media has now finally started to cover the situation (see here and here). Most of incarcerated cows will die waiting, if help doesn’t arrive. 

I, with a group of volunteers, and hired daily wagers, have been providing fodder and water in some of the enclosures ( See video here and here). We are also lobbying with the local administration to set the animals free so that they can at least fend for themselves for a few more months. A tiny victory came, when we were recently able to free the cattle in Chichara village in Mahoba. But thousands still remain locked up, waiting silently for help. You can make this wait end!

We urgently need funds to bring feed and water to the cows. As little as $10 (Rs 660), can feed one cow for a month. Please donate generously and help us bring respite to the waiting cows.

I have asked Divya Narain and Anusha Narain to help me with this campaign you may contact us with any questions you may have.

The Wire ran a story on cows being starved to death in Bundelkhand
The Wire ran a story on cows being starved to death  in Bundelkhand
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8th May 2017
Here's a note from Anusha to team Milaap

Dear supporters,

As you must have read in the updates Abhinav was able to get all the captive cows in Mahoba freed. The situation is still dire in the region given the drought. But we were able to provide for some of the cows in the area with the funds raised.
As far as the project goes Abhinav is full time into working for animals in the northern/ malwa region. For more information about his work you can message him on his Facebook page here.

We are going to collaborate with an NGO in Karnataka. We'll update you all once we begin that one

Warm Regards,

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Puneet donated Rs.2,000
Anonymous donated Rs.300
Aman donated Rs.660
Anonymous donated $40
Jeyabarani donated $100
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