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220 mules die in 46 die in 46 days of Char Dham yatra on routes to 4 shrines

Dehradun: A total of 220 mules have died in the past 46 days of the Char Dham yatra since it started on May 3. According to data available with the animal husbandry department, the maximum of 176 of these mules died on the 16-km Kedarnath trek route, followed by 32 on the Gangotri and Yamunotri trek routes in Uttarkashi and 12 on the Badrinath route. As reported by, most equine deaths are caused by exertion and exploitation of the mules by owners looking to earn profits after losses incurred in the last two years.
The district administration has earned around Rs 29 lakh so far with the registration of over 8,000 mules. With every mule, three workers are deployed, which means livelihood of 24,000 depend directly on trips made by the animals. Now with the government cracking the whip on animal cruelty on yatra routes an putting in place curbs on use of the animals, some mule owners said it's affecting business.
"We try to provide food and rest to the animals as the administration has asked us to but deploying a mule only alternate days is taking a huge toll on business. Not just mules, even humans die but who can tell the exact cause? How do we know it's exertion and not a health condition? Plus, there are no medical or stay facilities to help us take care of ourselves and our animals," said Asfaq Myan who is now heading back to Uttar Pradesh with his mules as the monsoon is just round the corner. Meanwhile, the animal husbandry department has already penalised some mule owners for violating rules. Meanwhile, development of facilities for the equines is underway on the yatra routes. As reported by earlier, several mules are made to work by thrashing them with sticks, injecting steroids, etc. Mules often drop dead and the carcasses are tossed in the Mandakini river.

220 mules die in 46 die in 46 days of Char Dham yatra on routes to 4 shrines

Dehradun: A total of 220 mules have died in the past 46 days of the Char Dham yatra since it started on May 3. According to data available with the animal husbandry department, the maximum of 176 of these mules died on the 16-km Kedarnath trek route, followed by 32 on the Gangotri and Yamunotri trek routes in Uttarkashi and 12 on the Badrinath route. As reported by, most equine deaths are caused by exertion and exploitation of the mules by owners looking to earn profits after losses incurred in the last two years.
The district administration has earned around Rs 29 lakh so far with the registration of over 8,000 mules. With every mule, three workers are deployed, which means livelihood of 24,000 depend directly on trips made by the animals. Now with the government cracking the whip on animal cruelty on yatra routes an putting in place curbs on use of the animals, some mule owners said it's affecting business.
"We try to provide food and rest to the animals as the administration has asked us to but deploying a mule only alternate days is taking a huge toll on business. Not just mules, even humans die but who can tell the exact cause? How do we know it's exertion and not a health condition? Plus, there are no medical or stay facilities to help us take care of ourselves and our animals," said Asfaq Myan who is now heading back to Uttar Pradesh with his mules as the monsoon is just round the corner. Meanwhile, the animal husbandry department has already penalised some mule owners for violating rules. Meanwhile, development of facilities for the equines is underway on the yatra routes. As reported by earlier, several mules are made to work by thrashing them with sticks, injecting steroids, etc. Mules often drop dead and the carcasses are tossed in the Mandakini river.220 mules die in 46 die in 46 days of Char Dham yatra on routes to 4 shrines

Dehradun: A total of 220 mules have died in the past 46 days of the Char Dham yatra since it started on May 3. According to data available with the animal husbandry department, the maximum of 176 of these mules died on the 16-km Kedarnath trek route, followed by 32 on the Gangotri and Yamunotri trek routes in Uttarkashi and 12 on the Badrinath route. As reported by, most equine deaths are caused by exertion and exploitation of the mules by owners looking to earn profits after losses incurred in the last two years.
The district administration has earned around Rs 29 lakh so far with the registration of over 8,000 mules. With every mule, three workers are deployed, which means livelihood of 24,000 depend directly on trips made by the animals. Now with the government cracking the whip on animal cruelty on yatra routes an putting in place curbs on use of the animals, some mule owners said it's affecting business.
"We try to provide food and rest to the animals as the administration has asked us to but deploying a mule only alternate days is taking a huge toll on business. Not just mules, even humans die but who can tell the exact cause? How do we know it's exertion and not a health condition? Plus, there are no medical or stay facilities to help us take care of ourselves and our animals," said Asfaq Myan who is now heading back to Uttar Pradesh with his mules as the monsoon is just round the corner. Meanwhile, the animal husbandry department has already penalised some mule owners for violating rules. Meanwhile, development of facilities for the equines is underway on the yatra routes. As reported by earlier, several mules are made to work by thrashing them with sticks, injecting steroids, etc. Mules often drop dead and the carcasses are tossed in the Mandakini river.220 mules die in 46 die in 46 days of Char Dham yatra on routes to 4 shrines

Dehradun: A total of 220 mules have died in the past 46 days of the Char Dham yatra since it started on May 3. According to data available with the animal husbandry department, the maximum of 176 of these mules died on the 16-km Kedarnath trek route, followed by 32 on the Gangotri and Yamunotri trek routes in Uttarkashi and 12 on the Badrinath route. As reported by, most equine deaths are caused by exertion and exploitation of the mules by owners looking to earn profits after losses incurred in the last two years.
The district administration has earned around Rs 29 lakh so far with the registration of over 8,000 mules. With every mule, three workers are deployed, which means livelihood of 24,000 depend directly on trips made by the animals. Now with the government cracking the whip on animal cruelty on yatra routes an putting in place curbs on use of the animals, some mule owners said it's affecting business.
"We try to provide food and rest to the animals as the administration has asked us to but deploying a mule only alternate days is taking a huge toll on business. Not just mules, even humans die but who can tell the exact cause? How do we know it's exertion and not a health condition? Plus, there are no medical or stay facilities to help us take care of ourselves and our animals," said Asfaq Myan who is now heading back to Uttar Pradesh with his mules as the monsoon is just round the corner. Meanwhile, the animal husbandry department has already penalised some mule owners for violating rules. Meanwhile, development of facilities for the equines is underway on the yatra routes. As reported by earlier, several mules are made to work by thrashing them with sticks, injecting steroids, etc. Mules often drop dead and the carcasses are tossed in the Mandakini river.220 mules die in 46 die in 46 days of Char Dham yatra on routes to 4 shrines

Dehradun: A total of 220 mules have died in the past 46 days of the Char Dham yatra since it started on May 3. According to data available with the animal husbandry department, the maximum of 176 of these mules died on the 16-km Kedarnath trek route, followed by 32 on the Gangotri and Yamunotri trek routes in Uttarkashi and 12 on the Badrinath route. As reported by, most equine deaths are caused by exertion and exploitation of the mules by owners looking to earn profits after losses incurred in the last two years.
The district administration has earned around Rs 29 lakh so far with the registration of over 8,000 mules. With every mule, three workers are deployed, which means livelihood of 24,000 depend directly on trips made by the animals. Now with the government cracking the whip on animal cruelty on yatra routes an putting in place curbs on use of the animals, some mule owners said it's affecting business.
"We try to provide food and rest to the animals as the administration has asked us to but deploying a mule only alternate days is taking a huge toll on business. Not just mules, even humans die but who can tell the exact cause? How do we know it's exertion and not a health condition? Plus, there are no medical or stay facilities to help us take care of ourselves and our animals," said Asfaq Myan who is now heading back to Uttar Pradesh with his mules as the monsoon is just round the corner. Meanwhile, the animal husbandry department has already penalised some mule owners for violating rules. Meanwhile, development of facilities for the equines is underway on the yatra routes. As reported by earlier, several mules are made to work by thrashing them with sticks, injecting steroids, etc. Mules often drop dead and the carcasses are tossed in the Mandakini river.220 mules die in 46 die in 46 days of Char Dham yatra on routes to 4 shrines

Dehradun: A total of 220 mules have died in the past 46 days of the Char Dham yatra since it started on May 3. According to data available with the animal husbandry department, the maximum of 176 of these mules died on the 16-km Kedarnath trek route, followed by 32 on the Gangotri and Yamunotri trek routes in Uttarkashi and 12 on the Badrinath route. As reported by, most equine deaths are caused by exertion and exploitation of the mules by owners looking to earn profits after losses incurred in the last two years.
The district administration has earned around Rs 29 lakh so far with the registration of over 8,000 mules. With every mule, three workers are deployed, which means livelihood of 24,000 depend directly on trips made by the animals. Now with the government cracking the whip on animal cruelty on yatra routes an putting in place curbs on use of the animals, some mule owners said it's affecting business.
"We try to provide food and rest to the animals as the administration has asked us to but deploying a mule only alternate days is taking a huge toll on business. Not just mules, even humans die but who can tell the exact cause? How do we know it's exertion and not a health condition? Plus, there are no medical or stay facilities to help us take care of ourselves and our animals," said Asfaq Myan who is now heading back to Uttar Pradesh with his mules as the monsoon is just round the corner. Meanwhile, the animal husbandry department has already penalised some mule owners for violating rules. Meanwhile, development of facilities for the equines is underway on the yatra routes. As reported by earlier, several mules are made to work by thrashing them with sticks, injecting steroids, etc. Mules often drop dead and the carcasses are tossed in the Mandakini river.

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