Meet Kaveri

Meet Kaveri

Meet Kaveri the camel. She was brought to Mumbai form Hyderadad to be sacrificed on Eid, luckily for her she was rescued by the Mumbai SPCA and they lodged her at the Cattle Ward of the Parel Animal Hospital (as you can see). Where it turned out that she was pregnant (another twist to the tale) – anyways all turned good for Kaveri who is now a mother to a healthy calf.
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Doesn’t she look fulfilled ?

2 Comments so far

  1. Mitesh (unregistered) on April 20th, 2006 @ 7:38 am

    Hmm…this got me thinking..I was wondering why the SPCA saved the camel?

    1.) Did it save because its a camel?
    Afaik, all 4-legged domesticable animals – goats, sheep, lamb, camel (even cows) – are eligible for sacrifices during Eid, according to the Muslim tradition. So saving a camel will be going against religious sentiments, wont it?

    2.) Did it save because she was pregnant?
    Again, as far as I know, only deformed or sick animals are not sacrificed. If an animal is found to be pregnant with live foetus after she is killed, then the foetus is killed too and eaten along with its mother, according to the ritual. In the case of Kaveri, it sounds like she was found to be pregnant much later anyways.

    3.) Did it save because its immoral?
    Well, then what about the thousands of qurbaanis made of other animals? And anyways, I dont think any government/organization in the world has the balls to stop or interfere in this religious practice. Not that they should be doing it, in the first place.

    4.) Did it save because the camel was acquired illegally?
    The link didnt mention it, if thats the case.

    So my question remains unanswered.


  2. Akshay (unregistered) on April 20th, 2006 @ 7:59 am

    Mitesh – I think the Kaveri was rescued from dongri under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, which stipulates that an owner must provide sufficient food, drink and shelter to an animal.
    Kaveri’s condition was diagnosed as poor. She was found attached to a bullock-cart and apparently had not been given food or water for a while.

    If you look at the picture you can see an eczematous which itself is sign of weakness.

    Also if you remember a Bombay high court order of 1995 had banned people from bringing camels into the city for commercial or entertainment purposes.(hence you don’t see camels on Juhu Beach anymore)



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