After PETA India sent a letter to Manipur’s director general of police requesting that all possible measures be taken to stop the illegal transport and killing of animals in the lead-up to Eid, the state’s police headquarters issued an order to the superintendents of police in every district, directing them to ensure that no illegal animal sacrifices occur in the state, as was also advised by the Animal Welfare Board of India in its 25 June circular.
PETA India pointed out in our letter that every year, thousands of animals, including goats, sheep, and buffaloes, are sacrificed or otherwise killed during annual religious occasions. Among other common illegal practices, these animals are crammed into severely crowded lorries – which routinely causes them to suffocate and sustain broken bones – beaten to keep them moving while they’re marched to a place of sacrifice, and killed by often untrained people, who slit their throats with dull knives in full view of other animals.
PETA India notes that in defiance of the law, many animals slated for sacrifice are handled and transported in clear violation of sections 3 and 11 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960; the Transport of Animal Rules, 1978; and Rule 125E of the Central Motor Vehicles (Eleventh Amendment) Rules, 2015, which contains special requirements for motor vehicles that are transporting livestock. Inhumane handling of animals often results in their deaths during transportation, which can be considered a cognisable offence under sections 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.