Delhi Government plans for a special home for both elderly people and thousands of stray cattle, in a new animal welfare blitz also aimed at reducing numbers of monkeys and stray dogs.

Gopal Rai, the local development minister, said, “cows and senior citizens will co-exist, taking care of each other” in the planned pilot facility in southwest Delhi.

On Wednesday, in his speech to media, Mr. Raj said that “When a cow dries up, people leave her and she ends up in a gaushala (cow shelter). Similarly, humans too are abandoned and sent to old age homes, even by rich families,”

Several other steps are also included in the mission such as  “birth control” measures for monkeys, the sterilisation of stray dogs and electronic chips for cows and pets.

It is a common sight on Delhi’s roads that cows cause traffic and eat rubbish. People, who are unable to look after their cows will be able to house their animals in special hostels for a little fee.

In recent months cow slaughter has caused huge violence and riots to some places.

Every month, some 600 cattle are rounded up in Delhi and relocated to five shelters. A survey in 2012 showed that there were more than five million stray cows across India and more than 12,000 in Delhi.


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