Goat Auctioned by Central Railway Who Was Likely to be Sacrificed is Rescued by PETA India

For Immediate Release:
8 August 2018

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Union Minister Maneka Gandhi Helped Facilitate the Effort

Mumbai – After learning that a female goat named Basanti was auctioned off by Central Railway officials following her seizure for being transported in a train illegally, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sprang into action and worked with Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and Central Railway officials to obtain custody of the animal, likely saving her from being sacrificed, and to ensure that she was relocated to a reputable sanctuary in Sangli, where she will never be tied up or face slaughter again and will live in the company of other goats.

“Thanks to the compassion and quick action of the people involved in her case, this gentle goat – who is made of flesh, blood, and bones; has the capacity to feel pain and suffer; and does not want to die, just like you and me – will never be slaughtered,” says PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Meet Ashar. “PETA India hopes Basanti’s story will inspire people to help other goats by refusing to sacrifice or eat them.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that although no religion requires animals to be slaughtered, many animals, including goats, sheep, and others, are sacrificed during Eid or at temples, in blatant violation of the law. The slaughter of animals for food is permissible only in registered or licenced slaughterhouses equipped with species-specific stunning methods (for rendering animals unconscious before killing them), under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001, and the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.