After PETA India Plea, Mizoram Police to Enforce Law Prohibiting Illegal Animal Sacrifices Ahead of Bakrid

For Immediate Release:

27 July 2020


Hiraj Laljani ; [email protected]

Monica Chopra; [email protected]

Group Urged Authorities to Save Animals From Illegal Killing

Aizawl – After People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sent a letter to Mizoram’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 Bakrid, the state’s police headquarters issued an order to its senior officials directing them to ensure that illegal animal sacrifices don’t occur in the state, as was also advised by the Animal Welfare Board of India in its 18 June circular.

The order of the Mizoram police is available for download upon request.

“All religions call for compassion, while none require killing or eating animals, and hacking animals to death with weapons is cruel,” says PETA India Advocacy Associate Pradeep Ranjan Doley Barman. “PETA India commends the Mizoram police for its lifesaving action, which will protect thousands of animals from illegal slaughter.”

In its letter, PETA India pointed out that on two matters regarding the sacrifice and killing of animals for meat, the Supreme Court ruled that animals can be slaughtered only in officially licensed slaughterhouses and that municipal authorities must ensure compliance with this ruling. Central government laws permit the slaughter of animals only in registered or licensed slaughterhouses equipped with species-specific stunning equipment. While the killing of camels for meat is prohibited in India, the practice is prevalent during Bakrid. And laws related to transporting animals are also frequently violated during the festival.

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way” – notes that thousands of goats, buffaloes, camels, and other animals are killed during festivals such as Bakrid, which will take place on 31 July and 1 August this year. Common illegal practices during these holidays include cramming animals into severely crowded lorries – which routinely causes them to suffocate and sustain broken bones – beating animals to keep them moving while marching them to the place of sacrifice, and slaughter by untrained people who slit animals’ throats with dull knives in full view of other animals and often in front of traumatised children who want to protect them.

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