Supreme Court Directs States To Crack Down On Illegal Slaughter And Act Against Other Abuses For Meat And Leather

For Immediate Release:
17 July 2013

Manilal Valliyate; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

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New Delhi – State governments and union territories have formed enforcement committees and have now been asked by the honourable Supreme Court of India to report on what they are doing to stop the routine abuse of animals during transport and slaughter, including by cracking down on unlicensed slaughter, which is rampant in the country. The progress follows a case brought before the court by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and separately by a representative of Animal Rights International about the illegal abuses of cows, goats, sheep and other animals killed for their flesh and skins. The Supreme Court has ordered the implementation of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960; The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001; and the Transport of Animals, Rules, 1978, among other relevant laws.

“The government is asking states to comply with the laws that apply to the transport and slaughter of animals used for meat and leather, but even under the best conditions, these animals still endure a painful and terrifying death”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “People who do not want to support animal suffering must make the decision to stop eating animals and wearing their skins.”

In defiance of the law, many animals are crammed into severely crowded trucks, which causes suffocation and broken bones, on their way to slaughter. Those who collapse have their tails broken and their eyes smeared with chilli peppers and tobacco to keep them moving. At most slaughterhouses, workers hack at animals’ throats with dull blades, and in some, workers bash the animals on their heads repeatedly with a hammer before they are stabbed. Skinning and dismembering often begin while animals are still alive – and in full view of other animals.

It has been estimated that there are more than 30,000 illegal, unlicensed slaughterhouses in India. The leather industry has no system in place to ensure that its skins are not obtained from illegal slaughterhouses, although cruelty to animals is also rampant in licensed facilities.

Several international companies – including accessories giant Gucci – stopped obtaining their leather from India following PETA US’ exposé of the industry. PETA also reminds consumers that raising and killing animals for food and leather is a leading cause of water pollution, land degradation and the greenhouse-gas emissions responsible for climate change.

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