For Immediate Release:
10 August 2020
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Group Wants Central Government to Make Rules to Abate Cruelty to Animals
New Delhi – Today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India filed a petition in the High Court of Delhi that seeks a direction asking the central government to make rules to define the “prescribed manner” for painful animal husbandry procedures for cattle, including bulls and cows. The group requests that the rules mandate the use of anaesthetics prior to castration, the replacement of outdated practices such as nose roping with face halters and branding with radio frequency identification, and the breeding of hornless cattle (instead of dehorning or disbudding them). PETA India points out that it has appealed to the central government numerous times to prescribe humane methods – and it has now approached the court through a Public Interest Litigation for the much-needed relief of animals.
It also submitted recent photographic evidence of cruel and painful methods being used for common animal husbandry procedures, which is available upon request.
“Anyone can imagine the immense pain involved when the nerve-rich cord connected to the testicles is crushed; when a thick, blunt needle is passed through the nasal septum; or when the skin is burned with a hot iron,” says PETA India CEO and Chief Veterinarian Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Without a detailed direction from the government, veterinary service providers often resort to barbaric, painful, and downright cruel methods during common husbandry procedures, which subjects countless animals to fear, distress, and suffering. If such painful procedures are not allowed to be carried out without anaesthetics for humans, the same should be true for other animals.”
Section 11 of the PCA Act, 1960, defines the acts which amount to treating animals cruelly – however, Sub-Section 3 offers an exception and consequentially deems certain animal husbandry procedures, including the dehorning of cattle and the castration, branding, and nose roping of any animal, not to be cruel, provided that they’re done in a “prescribed manner”. Section 38 of the PCA Act, 1960, gives power to the central government to make rules to prescribe the manner for animal husbandry procedures.
Following advisories issued by the Animal Welfare Board of India and the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying regarding humane animal husbandry procedures, many state animal husbandry departments directed their veterinarians to implement the use of humane methods. However, in the absence of an enforceable law defining, improving, and regulating these methods, animals continue to be treated cruelly during such procedures.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.