Seeking safety of cows in wake of the ongoing beef tension in the country, the Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday came out with a statement, asking the government to declare cows as the national animal of the country.
Rajasthan government runs the ‘Hingonia Cattle Rehabilitation Center’, that seeks to preserve cows in the state. It provides shelter to over 10000 cows.
Presently there are about 13400 cattle, but the existing infrastructure can only accommodate 9000 cattle.
Despite running such a centre for cattle protection, massive deaths of cattle have been reported in the state. The state government has denied reports that lapses at the government-run cowshed in Hingonia, Jaipur has caused mass deaths of cattle.
According to Kunji Lal Meena, secretary for the Animal Husbandry and Gaupalan department, there are over 8,000 cows at the Hingonia Gaushala which are taken care of by a team of 14 veterinarians, 24 livestock assistants, and about 200 other staff.
This statement comes in wake of the news that over a hundred cows died in the centre in the last few days, due to neglect and starvation.