End Exploitative Dairies’ is FIAPO’s campaign to bring legislative reforms, for the welfare of dairy animals. The campaign involves, investigating and bringing to light the state of dairies in India and advancing regulation to ensure basic minimum welfare of the dairy animals in India.

In the first-of-its-kind investigation in India’s largest milk producing states, FIAPO has laid bare - with numbers - absence of regulation and the acts of omission that permits the dairy industry to commit an ongoing tragedy – on animals, consumers and the civic order.  We investigated 10 states (Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, NCT Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh) across India, with over 451 dairies, unveiling the horrors and gross violations in these dairies.

Growing commercialisation of milk production, coupled with the complete absence of any form of regulation has resulted in the booming of practices that have severe impacts on animals. It has also raised a question on the quality of milk produced, the damage caused to the environment (particularly in urban areas) and civic problems owing to the abandonment of cattle on the streets.

Revelations from our investigations are extreme, with the worst practices being followed by dairies in and around the urban areas of the country, impacting the animals and the civilisation in the vicinity.

Some key Findings:

  1. 47% dairies were found to be using Oxytocin.
  2. 56% dairy owners allow use of sick animals for milking.
  3. 79% dairies keep the animals tethered at all times.
  4. In most dairies male calves die or are sold within 3 months.
  5. Use of Khalbaccha (an effigy made by stuffing a dead calf with hay). Because of strong maternal bonds, the mother often stops lactating if the calf has died. Hence, a Khalbaccha is routinely used to mimic the presence of a calf.

Join us in writing to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change with an appeal for bringing about legislation to regulate the dairy industry.

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End Exploitative Dairies

I, the undersigned, as a concerned citizen, urge Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, to End Exploitative Dairies.

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