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Throughout their lives, dairy animals have been an important source of income for the dairy farmers and have contributed towards the upliftment of farmers.

But, the hard truth still remains. Dairy animals, today, are considered to be nothing more than milk producing machines. They are artificially inseminated so that they can produce milk and hopefully a female child. A male calf born to the dairy industry is considered a liability, as are old 'spent' cows and they either sent for slaughter or abandoned on the streets.

It is thus necessary that their maintenance cost should be covered by their owners/dairy farmers/commercial dairies to prevent the wanton cruelty and suffering that dairy animals undergo after they are no longer producing milk.

As per Article 51 A (g) of The Constitution of India,1949, “It shall be the fundamental duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures”, FIAPO has asked the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Ministry of Agriculture to allocate funds for these unproductive animals, money of which should be contributed by the farmers/dairy owners/commercial dairies running in the respective states. This will enable government funded Gaushalas to support these abandoned/unsheltered animals to have a humane sustenance for the remainder of their lives.

Support the campaign and make dairies pay! Read FIAPO's letter to the Ministry below, and send your own and speak up for cows and buffaloes across the country.

Retirement Care for Dairy Animals

  

Dear Sir,

I write to you on behalf of Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) - India’s apex animal rights organisation. As the collective voice of the animal rights movement in India, FIAPO is the catalyst that protects the interests and rights of animals on local and national levels - through education, research, lobbying, mobilization, networking, training and direct action. Created for the movement, by the movement, FIAPO is India’s only national federation. It has over 102 members and over 200 supporter organizations across the country.

FIAPO has released an investigative report on the conditions of dairies across the country. A copy of the report as well as a summary of key findings is enclosed. This investigation observed that the malpractices adopted at the cattle dairies where dairy animals are reared, are responsible for the growing civic problems. There is extreme cruelty meted out to these animals which results in loss of productivity of these animals thereby accelerating their disposal, through slaughter or abandonment as stray cattle, at an early age.

It emerged that as a result of extremely exploitative practices, animals are becoming unproductive much quicker. As a result, a large number of dairy animals end up in illegal transport, slaughter or straying and there is a need to have a plan for management of unproductive animals. Some of these animals end up in Gaushalas, more than half of which are run as private bodies with no support from the Government. Donations for fodder, infrastructure, medical treatment are all difficult to fund for these Gaushalas with inadequate support available to them.

Throughout their lives, these animals have been an important source of income for the dairy farmers and have contributed towards the upliftment of farmers. Ever since the White Revolution till today when India is the largest milk producer in the world, these animals have suffered cruel conditions during their life as dairy cows for the benefit of the farmer. Unfortunately, after a dairy cow is no longer ‘useful’, she is treated merely as a waste product and the dairy farmer has to take no responsibility of the future well-being of an animal that has served him so far. It is thus necessary that their maintenance cost should be covered by their owners/dairy farmers/commercial dairies to prevent the wanton cruelty and suffering that dairy animals undergo after they are no longer producing milk.

As per Article 51 A (g) of The Constitution of India,1949, “It shall be the fundamental duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures.”

With respect to the above mentioned provision of The Constitution of India, 1949, I, request you to direct the State Animal Husbandry Departments to allocate funds for these unproductive animals, money of which should be contributed by the farmers/dairy owners/commercial dairies running in the respective states. This will enable Govt. funded Gaushalas to support these abandoned/unsheltered animals to have a humane sustenance for the remainder of their lives.

Thank you for your attention to this crucial issue.

Yours sincerely,

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