For Immediate Release:
15 July 2021
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Pradeep Ranjan Doley Barman; [email protected]
Group Urged Authorities to Prevent Animals From Being Used for Illegal Sacrifices
Imphal – After People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (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 superintendents of police of all districts 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 25 June circular.
The order of the Manipur police is available upon request.
“All religions call for compassion, while none require the killing or eating of animals, and hacking animals to death with weapons is just plain cruel,” says PETA India Advocacy Associate Pradeep Ranjan Doley Barman. “PETA India commends the Manipur police for its life-saving action, which should protect countless animals from illegal slaughter.”
In its letter, PETA India pointed out that every year, thousands of animals, including goats, sheep, and buffaloes, are sacrificed or otherwise killed during annual religious occasions. Common illegal practices 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 a place of sacrifice, and killing by untrained people who slit animals’ throats with dull knives in full view of other animals.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way” – 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 transporting livestock. Inhumane handling of animals often results in deaths during transportation, which can be considered a cognisable offence under sections 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.