For Immediate Release:
10 August 2019
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Group Discovers Piles of Bodies of Animals Who Died During Transport or From Other Cruelty
Mumbai – This week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India visited Mumbai’s Deonar slaughterhouse – where it’s reported that more than 1.24 lakh goats and sheep and about 2,700 buffaloes have arrived from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and even as far away as Assam to be sold for sacrifice – and documented shocking cruelty and rampant violations of animal protection laws, including the compendium of Acts and Rules on animal transport and slaughter as mandated by a 2017 order of the Supreme Court of India. PETA India is now requesting that Muslims have mercy and observe Bakr-Eid by distributing vegan foods, volunteering for charities, or taking other actions that don’t involve killing animals. The group has also fired off letters to senior officials of the Maharashtra state government, Mumbai police, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra State Animal Welfare Board, Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Animal Welfare Board of India, and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India demanding that they conduct immediate inspections of the slaughterhouse and enforce laws regarding animal transport and slaughter at the facility.
Photographic evidence of PETA India’s findings is available upon request and video evidence can be viewed here
The findings include the following:
- A recorded admission by a worker that animals routinely die during transport because of severe crowding and lack of care
- Bodies of dead buffaloes being moved through the market premises by a bulldozer
- A shed full of the dead bodies of buffaloes, goats, and sheep
In visits to the slaughterhouse in previous years, PETA India also found that buffaloes were killed in full view of others and that buffaloes, goats, and sheep weren’t stunned before being killed, even though stunning is a requirement 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. This means that their throats were cut with a knife while they were still conscious and able to feel pain. And the Transport of Animals Rules, 1978, were also found to be frequently violated.
“All religions call for compassion, and no religion requires eating meat,” says PETA India CEO and veterinarian Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Islamic law requires that animals be spared pain as much as possible during slaughter, but our footage proves kindness is the last thing on the minds of the transporters and butchers at the Deonar slaughterhouse. We appeal to the public to show mercy to animals and to celebrate this holiday without hurting them.”
PETA India (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”) also recently sent letters to the chief secretaries, directors general of police, and directors of animal husbandry departments of state and union territories across India – as well as to the commissioners of municipal corporations of metropolitan cities – requesting that they take all possible precautionary measures to stop any illegal transport and killing of animals in the lead-up to Bakr-Eid, as was advised by the Animal Welfare Board of India in its 15 July circular.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.