Another cow has been found with an excess of plastic within its stomach. The Times of India reported an instance in Faridabad where a cow had 71kg of waste within its stomach, including plastic waste, needles, screws, pins, and pieces of glass.

Veterinarians said the cow was doing well after the four-hour surgery but would be kept under watch. Dr. Atul Maurya and two colleagues operated on the cow after it was brought into the clinic after getting hit by a car.

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Dr. Maurya told the Times of India, “The digestive system of a ruminant is complex. If a foreign substance stays in it for a long time, it sticks to the stomach. This might lead to air getting accumulated. In that case, an animal might fall or start kicking its belly. Such surgeries have been conducted before. But 71 kg of waste inside the stomach of an animal is alarming.”

In many large cities in India, cattle are allowed to graze freely in open land and they often end up investigating garbage bins and may eat what’s inside. Once ingested, plastic releases toxins into the animal’s body and can cause life-threatening intestinal blockages.

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Animal rights activist Ravi Dubey, who runs the NGO People For Animals said that owners that allow their cows to graze freely are putting them in danger of eating harmful materials, “Cows end up consuming toxic substances like vermillion, coins and even nails that might injure the intestines and oesophagus. People should avoid throwing eatables in polythene bags and serious efforts should be made to spread awareness about this. We do not have agricultural land or forest land. Then where will these animals go? Civic bodies and other authorities should act immediately to create a safe environment for animals.”

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India has been working to reduce its dependence on plastic materials. Prime Minister Modi picked up plastic along the beach after the country had to delay its single-use plastic ban. And some towns in India were offering rice in exchange for plastic.

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