The Plastic Cow
This 34-minute documentary film looks at the enormous environmental cost of discarded plastic bags and their deadly impact on the ubiquitous cows of India. Plastic waste, and in particular plastic bags, fill India’s landfills, garbage dumps and urban and rural environments, where cows wander the streets and garbage dumps hungry and looking for food. Cows are consuming whole plastic bags full of food and are unable to digest or eliminate them, so they become trapped forever in their stomachs—painfully killing them. Many of India’s cows are ill cared for, neglected and homeless, adding to the problem. So the cows depend on waste and whatever they can find for food. This combination of plastic waste, human carelessness and negligence, and the plight of cows being neglected, is at the center of the problem.
The film includes interviews with activists, toxicologists, government authorities, homeowner, students, and journalists documenting the pervasive problem and what needs to be done about it.
What’s the answer to this problem?
What’s needed is a total ban on plastics and plastic bags and the removal of animals from the roads and garbage dumps where they graze and eat garbage. Doing the surgeries has been life saving for the cows, but it is not the answer.
Film Length: 34 minutes
Originally Released: 2012
More About the Film
Website for The Plastic Cow
The Campaign to fight plastic in India
Website for Karuna Society for Animals & Nature
To contact, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Social Media
Facebook Page – the Plastic Cow Campaign
Facebook Page – Karuna Society for Animals & Nature
Cast & Credits
Kunal Vohra, of Altair Films, who made The Plastic Cow documentary
Clementien Pauws, President of Karuna Society, where the Plastic Cow surgeries first started
Philip Wollen, Founder, the Winsome Constance Kindness Trust, Australia, who funded the surgeries as a pilot project and for the documentary, The Plastic Cow
Rukmini Sekhar, writer and animal rights activist, New Delhi, who wrote the script and filed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court
Pradeep Nath, President of VSPCA, Vishakapatnam, who filed other legal cases against the continuing use of plastic bags and who is organizing rumenotomies at his shelter
Jayanthi Iyengar, New Delhi, who started the first local Plastic Cow awareness programme in Noida, New Delhi
Shyam Divan, Supreme Court lawyer, New Delhi, who filed the PIL with the support of advocate Pratap Venugopal, New Delhi