8 June 2006

Beasts of Burden

It seems to be increasingly distressful for animals, used as beasts of burden, to travel through the streets of Tiruvannamalai. Over the last five years there has been a huge increase of motorised traffic and what used to be something of a leisurely saunter for bullocks pulling loaded carts, nowadays seems to be more of a war of attrition.

Fortunately, this particular bullock does not have too heavy a load this time but sadly many wagon owners load up their carts with huge weights. At this time PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) does not have a chapter at Tiruvannamalai but let us hope they come soon and start monitoring the enforcement of the animal protection laws that already exist. Thus far PETA is doing sterling work in South India including monitoring working animals and the welfare of animals being transported.

People want to enjoy an improved and modern life style so let us also hope kind attention is also given to working animals who have to deal with situations complicated by hitherto unknown factors, like the guerrilla warfare of modern day city traffic!

1 comment:

Divyakka said...

A very real and hard problem to solve. Let’s hope the animal organizations can make the people more aware of the suffering of their beasts of burden, and thus bring about change.