Patrolling with India's cow protection vigilantes

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RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: Members of a cow vigilante group pose for a photograph out on a patrol in the hopes of stopping vehicles of cow smugglers November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: Members of a 'cow vigilante' group look into the back of a truck that the group group chased down on November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The driver fled and disappeared into the forest and around a dozen cows were found in the back of the truck. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: A policeman hugs Nawal Kishore Sharma after his 'cow vigilante' group chased down a truck that was smuggling cows on November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The driver fled and disappeared into the forest and around a dozen cows were found in the back of the truck. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: Members of a cow vigilante group stand around stones in the road that were placed to block cars while out on a patrol in the hopes of stopping vehicles of cow smugglers November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: Members of a cow vigilante group pose for a photograph out on a patrol in the hopes of stopping vehicles of cow smugglers November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: Members of a cow vigilante group move stones in the road to stop cars while out on a patrol in the hopes of stopping vehicles of cow smugglers November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: Nawal Kishore Sharma checks the bed of a truck that his vigilante group chased down on November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The driver fled and disappeared into the forest and around a dozen cows were found in the back of the truck. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: Members of a cow vigilante group go out on a patrol in the hopes of stopping vehicles of cow smugglers November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: Members of a cow vigilante group pose for a photograph out on a patrol in the hopes of stopping vehicles of cow smugglers November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: A member of a 'cow vigilante' group looks into the back of a truck that his group group chased down on November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The driver fled and disappeared into the forest and around a dozen cows were found in the back of the truck. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: A cow stands on a road November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: A cow stands on a road November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: Cows are seen in the back of a truck that a local 'cow vigilante' group chased down on November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The driver fled and disappeared into the forest and around a dozen cows were found in the back of the truck. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: A sign for a rescue shelter for cows who were rescued from smugglers is seen November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
RAMGARH, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: Members of a 'cow vigilante' group unload cows to a rescue shelter from a truck that the group group chased down on November 8, 2015 in Ramgarh, Rajasthan, India. The driver fled and disappeared into the forest and around a dozen cows were found in the back of the truck. The local 'cow vigilante' group, headed by Nawal Kishore Sharma, is one of dozens of such hard line Hindu cow protection vigilante groups operating across India. The members work various day jobs such as teachers, lawyers, marble sculptors, politicians and by night they patrol on watch for smugglers illegally transporting cows for sale and slaughter. Many also work at the cow shelters where the rescued cows are taken. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
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In India where the cow is a sacred creature, a group of vigilante rescuers work through the night to ensure the safety of local cattle. The group watches for smugglers whom intend to take the cattle to slaughter. Many of the volunteers range from teachers to politicians -- all with the same common interest -- to save their sacred creature.

India's Cow-Rescue Vigilantes
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