Paradip, May 3 (LocalWire): Not so long ago, decorated camels and horses could be seen standing on the sand at Paradip sea beach, giving rides to excited children as well as grown-ups.
These were a source of income for the people who used to keep them, while also being the means of sustenance for the animals themselves.
However, due to the lockdown for COVID-19, the owners of the animals have lost their only source of income and are struggling for survival.
It is becoming more and more difficult for them to provide food for animals.
Two such animals have been abandoned by their caretaker in the port city of Paradip. Now, one camel and one horse are moving from place to place looking for food.
Their noses are torn, the fur has been replaced by sores and the once-mighty frame has been reduced to a skeleton.
The Secretary of the district board of the International Human Rights Council, Subrat Nayak, has said “Without a proper license, owners have been using these animals for earning a livelihood through the entertainment of tourists.
There must be regular veterinary inspection but nothing has been done for the safety of animals”.
Besides this, monkeys, swans, and other birds that are living in different temples of this district are struggling to get food for survival because all temples have been closed due to lockdown.
Hungry monkeys are causing mayhem in local villages by destroying vegetables and other crops due to an acute shortage of food.