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Activists Demand Rights for Animals in Rajasthan Dairies: Minister Sheds Responsibilty

Jaipur (14th July, 2016): Protesting against the shocking cruelty to animals prevalent in the dairies of Rajasthan, activists gathered outside the residence of the State Agriculture Minister here today demanding rights for dairy animals.

Standing outside the minister’s residence, Ruicha Mehta, Campaign Manager at FIAPO stated that “A staggering 87% of cattle are kept tied at all times in unhealthy and unhygienic conditions in a dairy, where the animals are covered in their own excreta, and often suffer from injuries and fractures”. Several such disturbing statistics surrounding the treatment of cattle used in the dairy sector, where violations of various animal protection laws were commonly noticed, were found in the recent undercover investigation conducted by FIAPO.

Through this protest the activists were able to meet the minister and put forward their demand to take urgent measures to ensure adequate development and reform in the existing dairy setup to establish a humane foundation.

Speaking to the activists, Minister of Agriculture, Rajasthan, Prabhulal Saini however shed responsibility of the thousands of dairy cattle in Rajasthan, “Crimes happen every day, it is the duty of the society to prevent these, Ministries cannot do much in this situation. So many laws are made every day such as preventing smoking, but not all get implemented to punish violators. We cannot ask an animal owner to keep their animals in a particular manner, it is their personal matter”

“The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Registration of Cattle Premises) Rules, 1978 and the Rajasthan Municipal Act, 2009, clearly state the requirement of registering dairy premises under these Rules, failure of which may lead to seizure of animals and sealing of the dairy premises. But sadly, even though none of the dairies in the state are registered under any rule and no action is taken against them. We are shocked at such a response from the Minister, but we will continue to challenge the Ministry and other stakeholders until there are better conditions for dairy cattle”, explained Varda Mehrotra, Director at FIAPO.

The report “State of Dairy Cattle – Rajasthan” recently launched by the Trustee of the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), Dr. D.R. Mehta and by Mrs. Timmie Kumar, Ambassador, FIAPO, made startling revelations of the terrible conditions animals are kept and used in dairies across the state. Based on undercover investigations of dairies in Rajasthan, the report put forth a grim picture where, indiscriminate use of illegal, non- prescription hormones, slaughter of calves younger than 3 months of age, use of injured, sick and infirm animals for extracting milk and negligent veterinary care were common practice.

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