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SURVEY REPORT ON FLOOD AFFECTED AREAS OF MUMBAI
Dear Friends of Animals,
it has stopped raining in Mumbai and
of PFA members and veterinary doctors:
started our survey cum treatment work at about from Chembur. We then went to Kurla (E), Ghatkopar
(E), Santacruz (E), Vakola and then to Goregaon (E). We could not cover
other parts of Mumbai as it was by then.
Most affected area was Goregaon where more than 2000 buffaloes have died. Now most of the dairies lie empty with no movements inside as the animals have died. Few dairies remained unaffected as located on higher areas and few dairies had some surviving buffaloes. As per one of the dairy owner’s information he had 8 surviving buffaloes from a total of 200 as they could release these animals, which swam to other area and could survive. The other owner informed that he has all his buffaloes survived the floods, because the water level could not reach beyond the neck region and the buffaloes stood with their head up for breathing and hence could survive.
of the owners informed us that water started to collect after on
During our survey we found that the buffaloes were kept in very very cruel condition. They were tied with heavy metal chain all together and very close to each other. There was absolutely no place between two animals for movement. They have to eat in the same place and defecate in the same place. There is no exercise for these animals and hence they are standing / sitting and doing everything in the same place tied up throughout their lives.
our visit we found maggot wounds on many buffaloes on different parts
of their bodies, and the animals were not even treated for their wound.
We treated at least 25 of such animals and also gave free medicines
to the owners.
also found 10 maggot wound stray dogs in different areas, from which
one was very serious with most of its right hand side chest region eaten
by maggots. This dog was admitted at the “In Defence of Animals” shelter
in Deonar. The other animals were treated and released back in the same
stray dogs and cats have died in this flood and there is no data available.
Also many snakes, scorpions and other reptiles, etc have been killed
by people as they immersed out of their hiding places due to floods.
As per the data submitted by “All India goat and sheep breeders and
dealers Association”, around 14000 (fourteen thousand) sheep and goats
have died in the abattoir as they were locked in the room and no one
to attend them during the flood. These people have submitted an application
to the Animal Husbandry Dept. for a compensation of Rs. 2 Crore for
the loss of their animals. Similarly, each dairy owner has also submitted
such applications, but the amount and other details are not known.
team from Bombay SPCA had also treated many animals and they will be
continuing this work in Bombay Region.
as per our meeting with the Deputy Commissioner, Animal Husbandry Dept.,
Govt. of Maharasthra, they are vaccinating large animals with the help
of some students of
we have decided to tackle the outskirts of Mumbai and New Mumbai on
Sehgal of Ahmedabad, Gujarat was supposed to arrive to Mumbai with all
the resources and man power to help, but Gujarat itself is now under
heavy rainfall and he is assessing the situation over there and accordingly,
he will mobilize the resource to
we want to continue our operation till Rahul reaches
FLOOD RELIEF WORK IN
Dear Friends of
team of above members and veterinarians started at around 9.30am from
Chembur and reached the first village called “Atnouli” in Taluka: Khalapur
near Karjat at 11 a.m. trying to find out which localities had been affected
by the floods and where animals were in distress. That
particular village had not encountered any problems with flooding and
we were told to move further ahead. So we roped in one of the villagers,
who knew of the situation in and around that zone, to guide us and save
reached another village suggested by this man where we treated one dog
for tick fever and other one for weakness. We immediately left from there
to reach the flood affected village without wasting any time. On our way
we also went about distributing biscuits and other food stuff to almost
every dog in sight. Then
we reached “Shelu” village, Tal: Karjat, Dist. Raigad and went to a tabela (stable) with 20 numbers of animals. The condition of the place
was appalling. The buffaloes had been reared for milk production and were
being fed on hay. There were also three calves, which were between 20
and 30 days old and one was older than these. One of them was male and
was very sick, almost near death. Yet, he had been left unattended. Clearly,
the stable-owner did not want to save that calf, but he also did not want
to put him down because the calf’s presence was required to stimulate
milk flow in his mother. Thus, the calf was dying a slow death lying in
a pile of its own excrement. Two
of us immediately started a drip on the little animal. It was a tough
job because his veins had collapsed on account of weakness and general
other vet along with our volunteers went about vaccinating the buffaloes
against FMD (foot and mouth disease) and HS (haemorrhagic septicaemia).
Yet another volunteer attended to a buffalo which had got a maggot wound
in its horn. Meanwhile,
much to our surprise and delight, the calf, after receiving about 500ml
of saline, got up and began taking an interest in his surroundings. He
began sniffing at the droplets of saline that had fallen on the grass
and licking the fluid. We
enquired with the stable-owner about the calf’s mother so that he could
suckle, but the owner argued that he could not allow this because the
animals had not yet been milked. The calf would drink up most of the milk
if he were given the chance, he said, and promised that once the buffaloes
were milked in the evening he would let the calf suckle. This, to us,
was a most cruel thing to do, because milk is the natural source of nutrients
for the calf and not for humans. Yet, thanks to human consumption and
greed, the stable-owners deprive the babies of their rightful sustenance.
This is the most pathetic thing about the dairy business in and around
Mumbai – totally commercialized and without any feeling whatsoever.