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Delhi HC seeks Centre’s reply on plea for humane methods of animal husbandry

Lawstreet Journal 17 Aug 2020 9:00pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Delhi HC seeks Centre’s reply on plea for humane methods of animal husbandry

A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Delhi High Court on August 10 seeking directions to the central government to define the "prescribed manner" for painful animal husbandry procedures for cattle.

The NGO, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, approached the High Court seeking directions to the central government to make rules related to cruelty to animals.

The plea sought the making of rules to mandate the use of anesthetics prior to castration, replacement of outdated practices such as nose roping with face halters and branding with radio frequency identification, and breeding of hornless cattle (instead of dehorning).

The NGO in its petition mentioned that following advisory by the Animal Welfare Board of India and the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying in this regard, many state animal husbandry departments directed their veterinarians to implement the use of humane methods.

The PIL also stated that in the absence of an enforceable law defining, improving, and regulating these methods, animals pursue to be treated cruelly during such methods.

PETA further said that certain animal husbandry procedures are exempted under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, but Sub-section 3 offers an exception and deems dehorning of cattle, castration, branding, and nose-roping not to be cruel, provided that they are done in a “prescribed manner”.

“Despite the rampant prevalence of inhumane husbandry and euthanasia procedures, the ministries concerned have failed to enact rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to regulate, improve and define the prescribed manner for performing the… Continue Reading...

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