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THE SACRIFICE OF BEING SACRED
JAIPUR
INDIA
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The cow, sacred to ones and necessary to others, is undoubtedly the most polarizing animal in India. For Hindus, who represent 80% of the country's more than 1.3 billion people, cows are sacred. They are a symbol of wealth, strength, abundance and prosperity, therefore, their sacrifice is considered a sacrilege. But for Muslims, Christians and the lower castes of India, beef, cheaper than chicken and fish, is a staple food. For many Muslims, in addition, cattle have represented their livelihood for years as they have traded their meat, owning most of the country's slaughterhouses and butchers.


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With the current situation, farmers can no longer sell the cows when they stop producing milk and are forced to abandon them as they can't afford continue maintaining them. As a result, more and more cows are roaming freely on roads, towns and cities, causing accidents, razing fields to the despair of farmers or feeding on garbage and plastics in cities.


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And paradoxically, in the face of the supposed protection that they are being offered, the most sacred and revered animal by the Hindu religion ends its days disoriented and abandoned to its fate.

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