The Plastic Cow

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The Plastic Cow

"A 34-minute documentary about animal rights, the film looks at the impact of our almost complete dependence on plastic bags, which we use and discard carelessly every day, often to dispose our garbage and kitchen waste. Not only are these bags a huge environmental threat, they end-up in the stomachs of cows, who, either because they've been discarded because they're not milking at the time or because the dairy owner is unwilling to look after them, have to fend for themselves and forage for food, which, like other scavengers, they find in community garbage dumps. Owing to their complex digestive systems, these bags, which they consume whole for the food they contain, get trapped inside their stomachs forever and, eventually, lead to painful death. The film is also a comment on the religious hypocrisy of the cult of the holy cow."
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I hope everybody who reads this post takes the time to look at the video!
And avoids plastic use hence on.

If you are not too squeamish, have a look at the photos I took of cows that are dumped not to far from us. after decomposing the only thing that is left is a large bundle of plastics!
This bundle of plastic remains around even a year after the bones of the cows have disintegrated.

See:
https://picasaweb.google.com/1002085...6191/Decompose
https://picasaweb.google.com/1002085...191/Decompose2

Not only cows suffer but also many birds, fish and stray dogs.
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Wow, birds, it's a powerful image to see plastic left inside the skeleton like that. Thanks for sharing.

Also, thanks Sama for the link. I have no time to watch it right now but will bookmark it for later.

It's true there is a lot of hypocrisy in the sacred cow thing. In addition, it seems that certain Hindu organisations make a lot of fuss and noise in high profile cases of possible animal abuse, such as in a film or something (hence very prominent messages at the start of films indicating that certain scenes are computer generated graphics and no animals were harmed), but in daily life people take a very different stance. It is an everyday thing to kick or hit a dog, a buffalo or yes, even a cow to get it to move, even when the animal is doing no harm. The other day I was just stopping to eat some chaat and there was a dog dozing nearby. A man sat in a chair by the chaat cart had been leisurely observing the scene for a while, and then after 5 or 10 minutes for no reason that I could see he suddenly got up and kicked the dog hard, causing it to yelp and run off. Then the man sat down again and continued as he was. It was bizarre and sad. If you are vegetarian for moral/religious reasons but you feel quite happy kicking, beating or otherwise mistreating an animal (casually or with extreme force) then I think you need to do some thinking.
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I am stockpiling plastic sacks against the ascension of of the food/product nazis..
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I only skimmed the video but I saw that they did an operation to remove the plastic.

I've seen this once before done by a British guy who carried out the operation a little differently. Here's a video.
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Unfortunately, plastic is here to stay. How are the recycling & anti-littering campaigns shaping up in India?
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Well, there's a massive sign saying no plastic bags just as you enter Pushkar, it is perhaps 50 metres from a load of dumped plastic bags. Nice initiative though.
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Isn't there supposed to be a ban on plastic bags coming into force soon?Sure is long overdue.
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Originally Posted by PeakXV View Post Unfortunately, plastic is here to stay. How are the recycling & anti-littering campaigns shaping up in India?
During my trip I was in a number of stores in Chennai that no longer give you bags, you pay 5 rupees for a paper or cloth bag.

I always bring my own cloth bag with me wherever I go, even at home. or if what I bought is small enough I throw it in my purse.

what's so hard to figure out about that?:

two words: WAKE UP.
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If a country like Rwanda can implement a plastic ban successfully, I do not see why other countries, including India, could not (see: http://www.terradaily.com/reports/UN...g_ban_999.html). I can only conclude that it is a choice that being made to maintain plastic.
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Sikkim has successfully implemented the plastic ban.

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