PETA and Maharashtra Dept of Animal Husbandry Offer Training for Veterinarians on Humane Bull Castration in Sangli

For Immediate Release:
22 August 2017



Shambhavi Tiwari [email protected]

Manilal Valliyate  [email protected]

Pre-Procedural Anaesthesia to End Current Painful, Crude Method of Castration

Sangli – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, in collaboration with the Maharashtra Department of Animal Husbandry, is offering a workshop on humane bull castration for Sangli district government veterinarians. The same training will take place in every district of the state and will focus on humane handling and restraint of bulls; the combined use of sedative, analgesic, and anaesthetic drugs to anaesthetise the bulls prior to castration; and post-castration treatment with analgesics to manage pain. The goal is to replace the current method used by these veterinarians, which involves forcing a bull to the ground and using a Burdizzo castrator to crush the blood vessels, nerves, and vas deferens connected to the testes in order to cut off the blood supply and cause the testicles to atrophy – a procedure which is done without the use of anaesthetics. The classes will include presentations, interactive sessions, and practical field demonstrations showing how simple, safe, and cost-effective it is to use anaesthetics on bulls to minimise fear, pain, and distress during castration and other invasive veterinary and animal-husbandry procedures.

When:       10 am on August 2017

Where:     Office of the Deputy Director, Miraj, Sangli, Maharashtra

“Castration performed without the appropriate use of sedatives, analgesics, and anaesthetics is as agonising to bulls as it would be to cats, dogs, or humans,” says PETA India Veterinary Policy Adviser Dr Nidhish Bhardwaj. “PETA India’s workshops will help veterinarians implement modern, humane methods and ensure that no bull undergoes such a violent procedure without pain prevention and management.”

Following a presentation from PETA India, the Commissioner of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Maharashtra, issued a circular in July 2017 directing the Deputy Directors to organise training sessions for the district veterinarians on humane methods of bull castration.

Also, upon hearing from PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare as well as the Animal Welfare Board of India, the advisory body under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, issued advisories to states agreeing that the current common and painful method of castration constitutes cruelty to animals under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

PETA India hosted a similar workshop for government veterinarians in January in conjunction with the Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying in Haryana.

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