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India’s Modi donates 200 cows

KIGALI: For centuries China has used gifts of giant pandas to foreign countries as a soft power diplomacy tool. But India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has staked a claim to the concept of "cattle diplomacy". During a visit to Rwanda on Tuesday, Modi donated 200 cows -- considered sacred in India -- to poor residents of Rweru model village, south of the capital Kigali. The gesture builds on a Rwandan government scheme called "Girinka" which since 2006 has contributed cattle to poor rural families in an effort to combat…

Trump peace efforts like herding cows to slaughter: Palestinian official

RAMALLAH: US President Donald Trump’s hard line approach to the Palestinians is similar to herding cows for slaughter, a top Palestinian official said Tuesday. The comments came a day after the US leader welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington and ahead of the expected launch of Trump’s plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace. “Today what is happening with us is what you call in the United States a cattle shoot trap,” Mohammad Shtayyeh, an adviser to president Mahmud Abbas, told journalists in the…

Video shows workers at a US dairy beating, kicking cows

MIAMI:  Workers are shown beating, kicking and stabbing cows with steel bars at a Florida diary, in a video released by an animal rights group that has been viewed thousands of times. One of the workers seen mistreating the cows in the hard-to-watch video has been fired and the others suspended from their jobs, said Brittny Krause, a spokeswoman for the Florida Dairy Farmers, an association with 130 dairy farms as members. The sheriff's department has opened a criminal investigation. Animal Recovery Mission, a…

Cows and chickens cause spat between Kenya and Tanzania

NAIROBI: A diplomatic spat over cows and chickens has worsened already frosty ties between Kenya and Tanzania, with Nairobi lodging a formal protest against its neighbour, the foreign minister said on Wednesday. The latest impasse between the two east African nations began last month when Tanzania seized and auctioned off 1,300 cattle which had wandered across the border to graze in a region where herders typically pay little heed to frontiers. Then, last week, Tanzania seized and burnt alive 6,500 chicks that had been…

Fraudsters selling animals with fake teeth in Karachi’s cattle market

KARACHI: A truck loaded with cattle having fake teeth fit snugly into their mouths was seized on Thursday here in the temporary cow 'mandi' in Karachi while the market administration has arrested their trader and informed the police, ARY News reported. The criminals involved in forgery did not even spare the occasion of religious importance and faked teeth of bovine animals. According to ARY News correspondent Anjum Wahab, the forgers fit marble teeth in calves’ mouth, that were not eligible to be slaughtered on…

PICTURES: These super-size bulls will definitely catch your gaze

It's no surprise sighting sacrificial animals across every nook and corner when the Eid-ul-Azha is approaching near, but some cattle are so massive in size that immediately catch your gaze.  A number of mighty cows are brought from different provinces to the main cattle market in Karachi, which mostly become cynosure for visitors rather than attracting potential buyers in no time. Have a look at some large bulls and cows at different farms and cattle markets. Some of you may find the extraordinary size of these bulls…

Indian women don cow masks to show they are less safe than cattle

MUMBAI: They are all pictures of women doing everyday activities: a woman on a street, a woman playing the piano in her home, a woman lounging in a boat, a woman at a table in a restaurant. All unremarkable, except that they are wearing a cow mask. The photographs aim to highlight the growing violence against women in India, while also drawing attention to a wave of attacks on religious minorities accused of eating beef or slaughtering cows - considered sacred by many Hindus. "People are getting lynched in this…

India could issue millions of cows with unique identification numbers

NEW DELHI: India could issue millions of cows with unique identification numbers, the latest effort to protect the sacred animals amid a spike in violence by Hindu vigilantes against farmers accused of cattle smuggling. The government has told the Supreme Court that millions of cows will be tagged with a tamper-proof plastic tag linked to a national database in a bid to curb smuggling within India and beyond its borders. Cows are considered sacred in Hindu-majority India, and their slaughter is a punishable offence in…

Cows stranded by New Zealand quake live to see an udder day

KAIKOURA: Three cows stranded on a small island of land after a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked New Zealand have been led to safety by a team of rescuers, media said on Tuesday. The cows' plight went viral on Monday after video shot from a helicopter showed them huddled on an elevated patch of grass near Kaikoura, about 150 km (90 miles) northeast of Christchurch. The ground around them had apparently shifted or collapsed during the tremor. The farmer, who said the cows were part of a group of 14 he rescued,…

Myanmar Muslims on trial in case of 90 ‘illegal’ cows

YANGON: Three Muslim men went on trial in Myanmar Monday for illegally importing nearly 100 cows that have spent the last month under police protection, in a case Islamic leaders say targets their religion. The cows were intended to be ritually slaughtered for the Islamic festival of Eid-ul-Azha last month, an event that has become a flashpoint for Myanmar's Buddhist nationalists. Hardline monks, including firebrand Wirathu from the Ma Ba Tha movement, have railed against the practice and pressured local authorities to ban…