Activists Demand Rights For Animals In Rajasthan Dairies

Jaipur (14th July, 2016): Protesting against the shocking cruelty to animals prevalent in the dairies of Rajasthan, several activists of the Jaipur Federation of Animal Protection Organisations (J-FAPO) 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, 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 will continue to approach the Ministry and other stakeholders to demand 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.

Notes:

1.    Letter to Ministry available on request

2.    The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations is an umbrella body of animal protection groups from across the country. The key mandate of the federation is to propel animal welfare as a mainstream social change movement in the country. We currently work with 70 member organisations and 200 support organisations across India.

3.    Rules with respect to the Animal Rights include:
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Registration of Cattle Premises) Rules, 1978, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Transport of Animal Amendment – 2009) Act, 1978,  Food Safety Act, 2006, Guidelines of the sub-scheme Special Programme for Dairy Development as a part of National Mission for Protein Supplements under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY),  Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture and Department of Animal Husbandry  advisory dated 2nd December, 2014 on use of antibiotics on food producing animals, Technical guidelines to states for implementation of various components of centrally sponsored scheme “Livestock health and Disease Control” by the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries and the Rajasthan Municipal Act, 2009.