Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: An ad hoc committee has been formed with representatives of various organisations, working for the protection of animal rights, as a run up to the formation of the ‘Akhil Bharata Gosamrakshana Seva Samithi’ for the protection of cows.

Announcing this at a meeting here on Friday, Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals (VSPCA) president Pradeep Kumar Nath spoke about the efforts of the organisation to prevent cruelty to cows. The organisation had rescued over 1,730 cattle from illegal slaughter and transportation.

The united forum was formed to protect sacred cows and their breed which was fast depleting and many of the Indian breeds that were on the verge of extinction.

He said the ad hoc committee, with K. Srirama Chandra Murthy in charge, comprises nine members. The next meeting would be held at Simhachalam on January 10. .

Mr. Pradeep Nath allegedslaughtering of cows was continuing openly near Relli Veedhi, Arilova, Bakkitakki and Duvvada. Male cows offered to Simhachalam temple by devotees were being sold to slaughterers by the temple authorities through auctions. The temple was earning a revenue of Rs.20 lakhs every year through the sale of around 6,000 male calves.

Representatives of Visakha Gowrakshana Samithi, Viswa Hindu Parishad, Hindu Jana Jagarana Samithi, Sri Dharmika Bhatajana Seva Sangham, RSS, Blue Cross of Srikakulam, Active Organisation, Jeevraksha Animal Welfare Society and Govardhangiri Gow Samrakshana from Srikakulam, East and West Godavari and Vizianagaram districts besides those from Visakhapatnam city and district attended the meeting.