Anti Cow Slaughter Bill Karnataka: PETA India urges Karnataka to spare cows; adopt alternatives to tackle overpopulation | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has urged the Karnataka government not to amend the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle (Amendment) Bill, 2020, to allow cow slaughter, instead tackle the problem of cow overpopulation in the state by advocating for a vegan lifestyle instead.
“Such a move would protect animals, help the planet, and help improve human health,” stated Dr Kiran Ahuja, manager of Vegan Projects, PETA India. In a letter written to K Venkatesh, minister for animal husbandry and sericulture, concerned over his statements regarding slaughtering of cows, Ahuja noted that Karnataka could help its dairy farmers transition to producing non-dairy milk using crops grown in the state, like cashews and millet. Also, the state could help its leather sector take advantage of the rising global interest in animal-friendly and sustainable materials by making leather out of the state’s grapes instead of cow skin, she stated.
Ahuja noted that because mother cows and buffaloes must be pregnant or have recently given birth in order to produce milk, their bodies are repeatedly violated to be forcibly and crudely artificially inseminated. As male calves cannot produce milk, they are considered ‘waste’ by the dairy industry and are typically abandoned, left to starve, or sent to slaughter. When the milk production of female cows and buffaloes’ wanes, they, too, often end up abandoned on the roads or at the butcher, she observed.
Alternatives, she said, would create new businesses and spare cows and would also help protect from the climate catastrophe. Quoting ‘Our World in Data’, she said cow’s milk has significantly higher impacts than the plant-based alternatives across all metrics. It causes around three times as much greenhouse gas emissions; uses around ten times as much land; two to twenty times as much freshwater; and creates much higher levels of eutrophication.
Advocating vegan milks is better for human health, Ahuja said the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, state that “vegans are at reduced risk of certain health conditions, including ischemic heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, certain types of cancer, and obesity.”

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