Taking Pain Out of Cattle Castration is Among Animal Welfare Reforms Now Required in India

For Immediate Release:
7 January 2015

Dr Manilal Valliyate; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

PETA Report and AWBI Advisory Prompt Animal Husbandry Commissioner to Issue Circular to Alleviate Animal Suffering in All States

New Delhi – The highest animal husbandry authority in India – the Commissioner of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF) – issued a circular this month to animal husbandry directors in all states and union territories stating that cattle must be given anaesthetics prior to castration and that when euthanasia is required, such as to alleviate suffering from terminal illness, it must be done in a painless manner by a veterinarian.

“Any male human can imagine the immense pain involved in having his testes crushed without painkillers, and the experience is no different for a bull”, says Dr Manilal Valliyate, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India director of veterinary affairs. “PETA looks forward to seeing all Indian bulls spared this immense suffering and veterinarians stop all painful means of ending an animal’s life and sticking instead to the standard procedures recommended by the DADF. PETA now urges states to take immediate steps to get veterinarians to adopt and adhere to the DADF circular.”

The move comes as the result of a high-level meeting among the DADF and PETA India senior veterinarians Drs Valliyate and Ashish Sutar, in which the vets pointed out that bulls experience immense pain when they are castrated in the crude, archaic manner developed before anaesthetics: being roughly cast to the ground and having their blood vessels, nerves and testes crushed without the use of any pain relief whatsoever.

It was also brought to the attention of the Commissioner that euthanising an animal with an injection of chemical agents without a preceding anaesthetic overdose can result in an extremely painful death, contradicting the principles of euthanasia, whose purpose is to relieve suffering, and also violating The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

Following efforts by PETA India and the Animal Welfare Board of India, directives for humane castration in cattle were also issued by the state animal husbandry departments of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra as well as the Delhi Veterinary Council. And circulars calling for the administration of a barbiturate overdose before animals are euthanised were issued by the animal husbandry departments of Maharashtra, Rajasthan and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as well as the state animal welfare boards of Uttarakhand and West Bengal.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.