Seven Camels Rescued From Sacrifice by PETA India and Local Activists

For Immediate Release:

13 August 2019


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Garima Jain; [email protected]

PETA India and Animal Welfare Board Had Urged All States to Enforce Laws Regarding Animal Sacrifice

Varanasi – After learning that a total of seven camels, five in Varanasi and two in Jaunpur, were going to be sacrificed for Eid al-Adha, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and local activists sprang into action along with senior government officials – including the Senior Superintendent of Police, the District Magistrate of Varanasi, and the Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Uttar Pradesh – leading to their rescue. The camels have been moved to a care centre. The local activists who helped are Kamna Pandey, Swati Gaurav, Priyanshu Jain, Sampriti Dutta, Mukesh Bhatia, and Adv Anupam Mishra.

“Thanks to the compassion and quick action of the people involved in this case, these gentle camels will never be slaughtered,” says PETA India Lead Emergency Response Coordinator Meet Ashar. “PETA India hopes this story will inspire people to help other animals by refusing to sacrifice or eat them.”

“We commend Varanasi district authorities for enforcing the law and showing that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated,” says former co-opted member of the AWBI Kamna Pandey. “We have been working since 2015 to prevent the illegal killing of camels in Varanasi and finally, this year, with the strong support of the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police, we were able to ensure that no camels were sacrificed.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – also recently sent letters to the chief secretaries, the directors general of police, and the directors of animal husbandry departments of state and union territories across India requesting that they take all possible precautionary measures to stop any illegal transport and killing of animals in the lead-up to Eid al-Adha, as was advised by the Animal Welfare Board of India in its 15 July circular.

The Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, state that only sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, poultry, and fish are permitted to be killed for meat – which means that camels cannot legally be killed for meat at all. In addition, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001, and the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011, the slaughter of animals for food is permissible only in registered or licensed slaughterhouses equipped with species-specific stunning methods for rendering animals unconscious before killing them.

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