Animals are made to suffer and are cooked alive in harsh conditions of export of live animals. Constant movement, mental trauma, starvation, noise, harsh weather conditions, unfamiliar environment are only some of the realities of the live export of animals, by sea, air or land. These animals are treated as commodities and not as living beings who feel pain, suffering and breathe, just like us.  They feel pain and fear when they are crammed into containers, remain exhausted and can feel the anxiety that they will be slaughtered.

For many animals, the journey ends before reaching their destination due to the trauma, heat stroke, dehydration, injury, fatigue, and diseases they caught on their way there.  It is evident that the conditions of such export are cruel and illegal.  However, the profit from their trade is of more value than our care for their pain and suffering.

In our country, the law recognizes that it is the fundamental duty of every citizen and that of the state to protect and show compassion for the environment, wildlife, and all living creatures.

Exporting animals is not only unethical but also illegal, as these animals are subject to cruelty as defined by the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, (PCA).  Export of live animals defeats the purpose of the Act which is to prevent unnecessary pain and suffering on animals. None of the export rules and procedures made by the government specify how the animals should be exported. They only mention the documentation needed for export, as if these were non-living commodities.

To put an end to this cruelty FIAPO has initiated the campaign to stop the export of live animals.

With your help, we can get the government and political leaders to take notice of the inherent cruelty in exporting live animals. We will not rest until this cruel and totally unnecessary practice is stopped.

We urge you to join us and appeal to the minister of commerce to stop the export of live animals from all ports, air terminals and road transport immediately.

Together, we can #StopLiveExport.



Live export of animals is not only illegal but also inhuman. A large number of animals are injured, emaciated and even killed during transportation through sea or air. Animals are exposed to harsh weather, with little or no food and water during transport. All the animals, including the 12,356 goats and sheep exported to Sharjah from Nasik, and the 40,898 sheep and goats exported to Sharjah suffered these conditions.

These conditions are in direct violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, therefore making live export of animals illegal. Despite having strong animal protection laws, live export from India is only governed by weak guidelines from your ministry. It is a mockery of the lives of these animals as well as the statute.

Progressive countries like New Zealand and the UK have recognized the inherently cruel nature of the export of live animals, and have banned/ are on the verge of banning the live export of animals for slaughter.

Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, we urge you to be sensitive to the unnecessary suffering of thousands of animals being sent out of the country. Please impose a ban on the live export of animals, and put a stop to this inherently cruel practice, once and for all.


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