For Immediate Release:
23 July 2013
PETA Report Prompts Animal Welfare Board of India to Issue Advisory to Use Anaesthetics Prior to Traumatic Procedure
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh – The Andhra Pradesh Directorate of Animal Husbandry has issued a directive stating that all cattle subject to castration using the common Burdizzo castrator, or “crushing” method, must first be given anaesthetics and that the procedure must be performed by a registered veterinarian. Failure to do so would be a punishable offence under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The state is the first to implement the mandate set by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), which sent the advisory to all state animal husbandry departments and veterinary colleges in April 2012. The AWBI acted after meeting with veterinary experts from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and reviewing PETA’s report on the pain and stress endured by bulls who are cast to the ground before having their blood vessels, nerves and vas deferens connected to the testes crushed.
“PETA applauds Andhra Pradesh for taking the lead to make sure that bulls suffer as little possible during painful and stressful castration”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate, who notes that the directive could affect as many as 1 million bulls a year. “Now it’s time for the other states to follow suit before farmers find themselves on the wrong side of the law.”
The old castration method is both frightening and extremely painful for the bulls, who often continue to feel pain for several weeks after the procedure. The new guidelines require veterinarians to use drugs to reduce or even eliminate fear and pain during castration. These humane procedure options are available to farmers for a nominal one-time fee. PETA further recommends that castration be performed when animals are 6 months of age or younger in order to minimise the pain and stress.
PETA’s report – as well as the directives issued by Andhra Pradesh and the AWBI – is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.