Sangli District Collector Implements Animal-Protection Laws At Sugarcane Mills

For Immediate Release:

15 November 2011


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Dr Manilal Valliyate; [email protected]

Advocated by PETA and Animal Rahat, Order Could Improve the Lives of 36,000 Overworked Bullocks 

Sangli, Maharashtra – At the urging of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and their affiliate Animal Rahat – an organisation dedicated to protecting animals who are forced to work – the Sangli District Collector, Shyam D Wardhane, has issued an order to the district’s sugarcane mills to immediately implement laws that protect working animals. Perhaps the most significant improvement applies to overloaded bullock carts. Beginning immediately, the average load of each cart will be checked and documented, and mill management must ensure that the upper limit is not exceeded.

Because there are 18 sugarcane factories in the district and each uses approximately 2,000 bullocks, the historic order has the potential to aid nearly 36,000 bullocks, many of whom are routinely forced to pull overloaded carts, resulting in the animals’ physical breakdown and exhaustion. All 12 of PETA and Animal Rahat’s recommendations were incorporated in the order. Animal Rahat and law-enforcement agencies will closely monitor the implementation of the order.

“PETA and Animal Rahat staff members and volunteers have witnessed animals suffering from physical exhaustion, muscle strain, laboured breathing and frothing at the mouth. These animals are forced to work in extreme heat and humidity without even a drop of water or a moment’s rest”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Thanks to Mr Wardhane’s order, some relief for these poor animals is finally in sight.”

Other provisions of the order include the following:

• Each mill will have a first-aid kit for animals and will appoint a veterinarian on consultation. The mills   will ensure that veterinary services are available and accessible to animals in need of medical   attention.

• Mills will provide animals with all the essential resources, including shade and drinking water. A sand             pit for farriery must also be available on the premises.

• The mills have agreed to bar animal owners from tormenting their animals with any of a number of             commonly used cruel implements, including sharp wires and metal rods with protruding nails that can             be jabbed into an animal’s neck.

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