Wednesday February 19, 2020

Chicken and Mutton Bones Found in Digestive System of Stray Cattle from Calangute Village

They feed on whatever they can find

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Desi cattle do not eat chicken or mutton willingly. Pixabay

Days after Goa’s Garbage Management Minister Michael Lobo claimed that stray cattle in the state’s coastal belt have “turned non-vegetarian”, trustee of a cow shelter where such animals are being relocated, has confirmed the unusual trend.

Kamlakant Tari, trustee of Mayem-based Gomantak Gosevak Mahasangh in North Goa, told IANS that chicken and mutton bones were found in the digestive system of the stray cattle from Calangute village that were brought to the shelter and were operated up on by the shelter’s veterinarians.

“Desi cattle do not eat chicken or mutton willingly. They feed on whatever they can find. Big restaurants in the Calangute area or other hotels mix all their leftovers — vegetables, cooked rice, chicken and mutton bones, which the strays feed on,” Tari said.

“Animals don’t know what they’re eating. They feed on mixed leftovers by coastal restaurants and beach shacks in the Calangute-Candolim beach area and get used to eating these things. We found bones in stomachs of cattle after we operated upon them,” Tari added.

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Kamlakant Tari, trustee of Mayem-based Gomantak Gosevak Mahasangh in North Goa, told IANS that chicken and mutton bones were found in the digestive system of the stray cattle from Calangute village that were brought. Pixabay

He also claimed unlike local cattle breeds, which feed on grass, foreign breeds like Jersey and Holstein cows are fed meat with fodder.

On Saturday, Lobo had claimed that stray cattle in his Assembly constituency of Calangute, home to popular tourism savvy beach stretches, were turning carnivore due to their habit of scavenging leftover food and garbage, which includes scraps of meat and fish.

“We always say cattle are vegetarian. But cattle from Calangute have turned non-vegetarian and do not eat grass, gram or the special cattle feed given to them,” Lobo had said on Saturday.

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Some 76 stray cattle had been relocated to Tari’s cow shelter last week, where veterinarians have now been roped in to wean them away from their carnivorous habits. (IANS)

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Find Out Why You Should Not Consume Processed Meat or Poultry

Want to live longer? Stop eating red, processed meat

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Researchers have found that eating two servings of red meat, processed meat or poultry was linked with cardiovascular diseases. Pixabay

If you want to live longer, read this carefully. Researchers have found that eating two servings of red meat, processed meat or poultry — but not fish — per week was linked to a three to seven per cent higher risk of cardiovascular disease and three per cent higher risk of all causes of death.

After a controversial study last fall recommending that it was not necessary for people to change their diet in terms of red meat and processed meat, a large analyzed new study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, links red and processed meat consumption with a slightly higher risk of heart disease and death.

“It’s a small difference, but it’s worth trying to reduce red meat and processed meat like pepperoni, bologna and deli meats. Red meat consumption also is consistently linked to other health problems like cancer,” said study senior author Norrina Allen from Northwestern University in the US.

The new study pooled together a large diverse sample from six cohorts, included long follow-up data up to three decades, harmonized diet data to reduce heterogeneity, adjusted a comprehensive set of confounders and conducted multiple sensitivity analyses.

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Red meat and poultry consumption also is consistently linked to other health problems like cancer. Pixabay

The study included 29,682 participants (mean age of 53.7 years at baseline, 44.4 per cent men and 30.7 per cent non-white).

According to the researchers, diet data were self-reported by participants, who were asked a long list of what they ate for the previous year or month. The study found three to seven per cent higher risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death for people who ate red meat and processed meat two servings a week.

A four per cent higher risk of cardiovascular disease for people who ate two servings per week of poultry, but the evidence so far is not sufficient to make a clear recommendation about poultry intake.

And the relationship may be related to the method of cooking the chicken and consumption of the skin rather than the chicken meat itself, the study said. Researchers found no association between eating fish and cardiovascular disease or mortality.

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Fried chicken, especially deep fat-fried sources that contribute trans-fatty acids, and fried fish intake have been positively linked to chronic diseases, according to the study.

“Modifying intake of these animal protein foods may be an important strategy to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death at a population level,” said study lead author Victor Zhong. (IANS)