Science tells us that cows are one of the major contributors of methane gas, posing a significant threat to our climate, but Rajasthan’s Education Minister Vasudev Devnani wants us to believe otherwise.
The minister believes that cow is the only animal that inhales as well as exhales Oxygen and wants his message to reach everyone.
“Gai ekmatra prani hai jo oxygen grahan karta hai, aur oxygen his chodta hai (The cow is the only animal that takes in oxygen and also releases oxygen),” he said at an event organised by Akshay Patra foundation in Jaipur.
Not just that, Devnani also said that diseases such as cold and cough are healed if one goes near a cow and claimed that cow dung has ample quantity of vitamin B that results in soaking radioactivity.
A 2006 UN Food and Agricultural Organisation report says that livestock, including cows, are “responsible for 18% of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.”
In fact, a single cow, on an average, releases anywhere between 70 to 120-kilogram Methane per year. Methane, a greenhouse gas, is 23 times harmful than carbon dioxide.
To give you a perspective, the 100-kg Methane a single cow releases in a year is equivalent to 2,300-kg carbon dioxide released per year and this is the amount of carbon dioxide generated by burning 1000 litres of petrol, says one report.