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

For Immediate Release

28 July 2020


Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]

Monica Chopra; [email protected]

Group Urged Authorities to Save Animals From Illegal Killing

Hyderabad – After People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sent a letter to Telangana’s director general of police requesting that he take all possible measures to stop animal sacrifices – including for Bakrid – which are prohibited under the Telangana Animals and Birds Sacrifices Prohibition Act, 1950, the police headquarters issued an order to its senior officials directing them to implement this state law as well as central government laws related to the transportation and slaughter of animals and relevant directions of the Supreme Court. The order also points out that slaughtering camels for meat is prohibited in India.

The order of the Telangana police is available 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 Telangana police for its lifesaving action, which will protect thousands of animals from illegal sacrifice.”

In its letter, PETA India pointed out that Section 3 of the Telangana Animals and Birds Sacrifices Prohibition Act, 1950, states, “No person shall sacrifice any animal or bird in any place of public religious worship or adoration or its precincts or in any congregation or procession connected with any religious worship in a public street.” The letter also mentions 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 equipped with species-specific stunning equipment and that municipal authorities must ensure compliance with this ruling.

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, including Bakrid. Common illegal practices during these holidays include cramming animals into severely crowded lorries in violation of animal transportation rules – 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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