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Holy cow: India allows German woman who cares for 1,800 sick and abandoned cows to stay

Many of the cows that arrive at the shelter are blind or have been injured in road accidents, while others are sick from eating the vast amounts of plastic waste littering India. Around half of the new arrivals die.

AFP: ‘It’s a long way from Berlin to India, where Friederike Irina Bruning devotes her life to sick and abandoned cows. Now, after intervention from the Hindu nationalist government, she has been allowed to stay. “Currently we have around 1,800 cows,” Bruning told AFP from outside the holy city of Mathura in northern India where she keeps the animals. “Between five and 15 are brought in every day.”

Bruning, 61, had threatened last week to return a top civilian award for cow protection that she won – the Padma Shri award – after her request for a visa extension was denied. This prompted Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to take to Twitter and announce she had “asked for a report,” and on Monday Bruning said she had been issued with a new visa allowing her to remain in India.

Bruning came to India around 25 years ago and said she has since spent around 200,000 euros ($225,000) of her own money over the years on her cow shelter, which costs around $45,000 per month to run. Many of the cows that arrive are blind or have been injured in road accidents, while others are sick from eating the vast amounts of plastic waste littering India. Around half of the new arrivals die…

Laws against the slaughter and consumption of beef have been strengthened… This has prompted many people to abandon old and infirm cows instead of selling them for slaughter, resulting in more of the animals on the loose, including in cities like Delhi where they are a common sight. But Bruning, who has become a Hindu and is known as Sudevi Dasi, said that allowing the slaughter of old or sick cows is not the answer. “Killing a cow is the worst thing you can do,” she said’. SOURCE…

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