Andhra Pradesh is the first state in India to implement painless castration for cattle after PETA provided the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) with a comprehensive report that details how bulls suffer when they are castrated.
Until now, during castration bulls have been forced to the ground while handlers use a tool (called a Burdizzo) to crush the blood vessels, nerves and vas deferens to the bulls’ testes – with no pain relief!
After hearing from PETA, the AWBI issued an advisory stating that castrating without anaesthetics is cruelty under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, and now calls for bulls to be castrated under anaesthesia administered by a registered veterinarian. This advisory could have a positive impact on as many as 1 million bulls a year.
Upon receiving the advisory and after hearing from PETA, Andhra Pradesh issued a directive stating that it would follow the advisory and thus avoid the penal provisions of the PCA Act.