Stray animals are a nuisance all right and can be very harmful for movement of traffic on city roads. However, any attempts to find a solution are usually stonewalled due to religious objections and other reasons.
Still, stray animals wandering on city streets on roads and feeding on garbage dumps at many places, being chased by the farmers from their fields, in an ugly sight and can and has lead to fatal accidents.
This needs an immediate response from the society and government to provide more gaushalas (shelter houses)
"Most stray animals are abandoned males (bulls) and neglected cows, which are no longer profitable in any way to anyone. The number of such animals has increased since the arrival of foreign breeds of cows on the scenario and manual work being replaced by the mechanical work," said Raju, a Kotkapura resident.
"Earlier, the male calfs of indigenous breeds of cows were used to pull carts in farms works and they were yoked to plough fields. This has now stopped," he added.
"It is a serious issue. Stray animals are really a big problem and lead to accidents. I recently lost a friend in an accident caused by stray animals," claimed Sanjeev Sharma, a Kotkapura resident.
"The issue has religious attachment and thus slaughter is out of question. However, when these bulls become useless, they are left to wallow in garbage and abandoned. This is wrong," he added.
"Sometimes people push them from running vehicles and the animals are injured. This is also deplorable," he adds.
"It is the public which leads stray animals to come out in streets. Animals are lured to come into houses and streets by women offering them things like chappatis and pedas. The residue of vegetable and left-over food is also thrown on streets," said Dr Parminder Singh Taggar, associate professor at University College, Jaitu. This issue needs serious thought, he added.
"Even cow shelters prefer to keep cows which give them milk. This is also a part of the problem.
Stray cows are usually not accepted as they will cost money to maintain," said a source.
"Yes, the problem exists. Bulls are a main problem among stray animals but we also have to check the capacity of Gaushalas. The issue will be discussed at our next meeting with the officials concerned," said Faridkot deputy commissioner Mohammad Tayyab.