Guidelines to Result in
Major Change in Farming Practice and an End to Crude and Cruel 'Crushing'
Method of Castration
For Immediate Release:
28 May 2012
Benazir Suraiya +91
Dr Manilal Valliyate +91
Chennai – After months
of meeting with a veterinary expert from People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals (PETA) India, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has issued an
advisory to the Veterinary Council of India and state animal husbandry
departments stating that the current common method of castration – forcing a
bull to the ground and then using a Burdizzo castrator to crush the blood
vessels, nerves and vas deferens connected to the testes, cutting off the blood
supply and causing the testicles to atrophy, without any anaesthetics –
qualifies as cruelty to animals under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,
1960. The AWBI is now mandating that all bulls be castrated under anaesthesia
by a registered veterinarian. Currently, each state animal husbandry department
in India has a target of achieving about 1 to 2 lakh castrations per year.
modern, humane veterinary standards for castration, the Animal Welfare Board of
India's advisory is set to result in a drastic improvement in the welfare of
bulls in India", says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal
Valliyate. "PETA applauds the AWBI for turning what was a stressful,
extremely painful mutilation into a simple, pain-free procedure that will
benefit both bulls and cattle owners and urges the Veterinary Council of India
and state animal husbandry departments to act quickly to end the crude, cruel
and archaic 'crushing' method of castration."
The old castration
procedure without anaesthesia was both frightening and extremely painful for
the bulls, who would continue to feel pain for several weeks after the
procedure. The new guidelines require veterinarians to use drugs to eliminate
fear and pain during castration. Veterinarians should use short-acting
anaesthetics, which last for 45 to 90 minutes, and longer-acting pain-relief
drugs for post procedural pain management. These humane treatment options are
available to farmers for a nominal one-time cost.
PETA further recommends
that castration be performed when animals are 6 months of age or younger in
order to minimise pain and stress.
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