For Immediate Release:
30 July 2019
Nikunj Sharma; [email protected].org
Hiraj Laljani ; [email protected]
PETA India Calls For Sweeping Changes to Stop Cruel Practices in India’s Meat and Dairy Industries – and Urges the Public to Go Vegan Before Eid
Alwar, Rajasthan – In the lead-up to Eid, which will take place in August, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has just released an eyewitness video exposé of common practices in the goat-milk and -meat trade in the Alwar region of Rajasthan, where screaming goats were pinned down and castrated without pain relief, left to suffer from painful conditions without adequate veterinary care, subjected to other forms of abuse, and hacked apart in front of one another in crude roadside butcher shops. The video is being released before Eid to make the point that goats suffer terribly – whether slaughtered by butchers or others – and that they don’t want to die.
The disturbing video exposé can be viewed here and is available for downloading upon request.
In response, PETA India fired off a letter urging Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Shri Giriraj Singh to ensure that castration is performed only with anaesthesia, arrange inspections of facilities that house and kill animals, and enforce animal transport and slaughter laws – including those that require the closure of illegal slaughterhouses and prohibit slaughtering animals in the street as sacrifices.
“From castrating goats without pain relief to denying kids milk to slitting conscious goats’ throats, the practices of using these animals for milk and killing them are rife with cruelty,” says PETA India Legal Associate Amir Nabi. “PETA India is calling on the government to crack down on these flagrant forms of abuse – and urging kind people everywhere to spare animals suffering by going vegan and celebrating festivals by distributing clothing and fruit to the poor or through other kind actions, rather than hurting animals.”
The footage released by PETA India was captured with the help of Sentient and shows goats suffering from infected udders, one with a maggot-infested wound, and another with a fractured leg. Several goats were confined to crowded pens and tethered with ropes so short that the animals could barely move. Sticks were forced into baby goats’ mouths so that they couldn’t drink their mothers’ milk, which is sold for human consumption instead.
Most goats in the region end up being killed at unlicensed meat shops or sent on gruelling journeys in the scorching heat to faraway slaughterhouses. Inside slaughterhouses and roadside butcher shops, the terrified animals are forced to stand on blood- and offal-covered floors and other fully conscious goats are killed right in front of them. Many still kick and try to escape after their necks are crudely slit – just as they are when butchered for sacrifice.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.