Stray cattle in coastal state of Goa in India have “turned non-vegetarian” and only eat scraps of chicken and fried fish, claimed state’s Garbage Management Minister Michael Lobo.
There are several stray cows in popular beach villages like Calangute and Candolim in Goa that refused to eat vegetarian food. Some 76 stray cattle from Calangute village were impounded and relocated to a gaushala (cow-shelter) where specialist were roped in to wean them off their meat fetish.
“We have lifted 76 cattle from Calangute and taken them to the gaushala run by the Gomantak Gosevak Mahasangh in Mayem village, where they are being well looked after. We always say cattle are vegetarian. But cattle from Calangute have turned non-vegetarian and do not eat grass, gram or the special cattle feed given to them,” Lobo said.
“The cattle from Calangute and Candolim are used to eating non-vegetarian food like leftover chicken scraps, stale fried fish from restaurants. Due to the consumption of such non-vegetarian food, their system has become like that of humans. Earlier they were vegetarian, pure vegetarian. They would smell non-vegetarian food and move on, but now cattle from Calangute only eat non-vegetarian food.
“Specialist veterinarians have been roped in by the gaushala to medically treat the cattle with medicine. It will take them four to five days to turn them into vegetarians once again.
On the beaches of Calangute and Candolim in North Goa there are several restaurants and eateries. The stray cattle around have also increased substantially, therefore this is also causing heavy vehicular traffic.