PETA and KVASU Offer Workshop on Humane Animal Husbandry Procedures at Thrissur College

For Immediate Release:
30 August 2016

Dr Manilal Valliyate; [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

Session Promoted Humane Methods to Replace Current Cruel Practices of Crude Castration, Nose-Roping, Dehorning, Branding, and Improper Euthanasia

Thrissur – This morning, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Animal Rahat, a veterinary-service organisation – in collaboration with Kerala Veterinary and Animals Sciences University (KVASU) – held a workshop at the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, for the senior veterinarians of the Kerala State Animal Husbandry Department on humane methods to replace cruel animal husbandry practices. The interactive training session was held in response to the widespread use of painful husbandry procedures on animals- such as crude castration, nose-roping, dehorning, disbudding, branding, and improper euthanasia – without proper sedatives, analgesics, and anaesthetics. The workshop also discussed humane methods for handling and restraining animals in order to minimise, fear, pain, and distress during invasive veterinary procedures.

“Procedures such as castration, nose-roping, and dehorning performed without proper sedatives, analgesics, and anaesthetics are as excruciating to cattle as they would be to cats, dogs, or humans”, says PETA India’s Veterinary Policy Advisor Dr Santosh Sahu. “PETA’s workshop will help veterinarians take immediate action towards implementing the many humane farm-animal husbandry methods available.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” –  notes that the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries’  and the Animal Welfare Board of India’s advisories agree that the current common method of castration, which involves forcing a bull to the ground and – without the use of anaesthetics – using a Burdizzo castrator to crush the blood vessels, nerves, and vas deferens connected to the testes to cut off the blood supply and cause the testicles to atrophy, constitutes cruelty to animals under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. These advisories also state that some animal charities, veterinary institutions, veterinarians, and veterinary assistants still euthanise animals by using only one chemical – such as succinylcholine, magnesium sulphate, or potassium chloride – while the animals are conscious and able to feel pain. Injecting such chemical agents without a preceding barbiturate overdose results in an extremely painful death, contradicts the principles of euthanasia, and violates the PCA Act, 1960. Following these advisories, the director of the Kerala State Animal Husbandry Department has issued a directive to veterinarians working with the department to follow humane castration methods.

Nose-roping involves painfully piercing a cattle’s nasal septum using an iron rod, passing a rope through the hole, and fastening it around the animal’s head. Handlers yank the rope, which causes chronic discomfort and injuries and often leads to painful infections. Hot-iron and freeze branding, dehorning, and disbudding also leave cattle in intense pain and distress.

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