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Beast of Burden No More

Written by PETA | March 29, 2010


This is a handsome bullock named Houshya. He is—or, rather, was—a working bullock in India. “Working” for him meant spending 18 long years pulling a heavy cart loaded with bricks, oil drums, or whatever other goods his impoverished family was paid to move. But now, Houshya (which means “Hush!”) is old and tired, and he no longer has the strength to pull the heavy loads along the pitted dirt roads as quickly as he once did. His owner considered selling him but knew that it wouldn’t be long before Houshya slowed down so much that his new owner would send him to the slaughterhouse to be killed for his meat and skin.

So even though the deeply poor family could have used the money from selling Houshya, they agreed that it wouldn’t be right and sacrificed their income in order to save him. He has now been donated to Animal Rahat, where he will spend the rest of his life in retirement, under a shade tree, grazing and drinking water at will. He will also be given vitamins to help ease him into old age. The look on his face shows that he can’t quite believe his new life!

Already, his nose rope, which has left its mark, has been replaced with a fine white halter. Piercing animals’ nostrils is painful, and over time the rope cuts into the bull’s sensitive skin.

Animal Rahat—a PETA-supported organization that provides veterinary care to working animals in India—is one of PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk’s favorite projects. She recently traveled to India and paid a visit to Sangli, where Animal Rahat works hard to provide relief for bullocks like Houshya who toil long days hauling goods ranging from sugar cane to gasoline. You can read more about her trip on her blog, and you can help these gentle animals by making a donation to Animal Rahat.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Margarita says:

    I would like to see an updated photo of this bull he looks so painfully thin.

  • Brandon Joule says:

    That was so nice of the family to do!

  • Rad_Rosa89 says:

    I’m glad that his family made the right choice. He can finally rest now.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    India is an idyllic nation for animal welfare progress. Hindus and Jains are supposed to be humane and animals and the country has over 200 million vegetarians.

  • moo.lennon. says:

    i love that song by the rolling stones!but anyways back to the subject…i am so glad the family didnt sell him.yes they should had had appreciated him more but at least his going to spend his last years in a better place.

  • claire says:

    Aww its a shame that people that are poor have to abuse animals in order to survive they obviously loved him because they sent him to Animal Rahat. Its great that Peta has given the lovely old boy a little retirement home but I also wish there was help for the families.

  • NT says:

    I never understood the nose rope. WHY????? It’s so cruel!