A group of animal activists and members of Bharwad community here have come together to form a pan-India body to press for the status of national animal to cows. They will organise rallies to raise awareness for overall welfare of cows. The trust, Jiv Daya Goraksha Maha Abhiyan Samiti, newly formed in Vadodara, plans to hold a rally in the city on December 27.
The rally is expected to be attended by spiritual leaders from both Hindu and Muslim communities. Mahant Sri Bhola Giri Maharaj, a spiritual leader, will be its national convenor. It will hold rallies across the country, demanding the respective state governments to form policies for the welfare of cows.
Bhola Giri Bapu, who lives in Karjan near Vadodara, has kept his right arm up in the air for over a decade, having pledged to bring it down only when cow slaughter stops completely. “Bhola Giri Bapu will be the national in-charge of the organisation. We plan to hold rallies across different parts of the country under his leadership. He has been working since decades for the cause of cows. We need active support of Muslim leaders and spiritual leaders, for which we have joined hands with the Muslim Rashtriya Manch,” said Vihabhai Bharwad, who is associated with the government’s Animal Welfare Department.
Apart from demand for cow as national animal, the organisation will press for proper shelter for cows that roam on the streets and die due to consuming plastics.