Jaipur (9th August, 16): In the wake of the deaths of over 500 cows at the Hingonia Bovine Animal Rehabilitation centre, findings from an investigation by The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisation’s (FIAPO) reveal unparalleled cruelty and inhumane treatment of cows across the state of Rajasthan confirming that the condition of cattle at Hingonia is not an isolated incident.
Rampant cruelty towards animals is still a common sight at Hingonia, but despite the Chief Minister’s reassurances, the cows of Rajasthan continue to face deplorable conditions. Hingonia is not the only place to face such a situation. The investigation in 49 dairies across four cities in Rajasthan unravels shocking findings – illegal sale of calves for slaughter, the use of banned and illegal drugs such as Oxytocin; lack of basic infrastructure, inadequate food and veterinary care for cattle were a common occurrence across all dairies investigated.
The investigation also verified an overpopulated centre at Hingonia with close to 15,000 cattle with space for only 10,000, underfed cattle, inadequate veterinary staff resulting in delayed treatment, lack of rain proof and proper fencing to protect the animal from weather elements, and street dogs and crows feeding on sick, alive cattle.
The rising death pool points to the gross ill-treatment of the dairy cattle. FIAPO had earlier shared the findings with Prabhu Lal Saini, the Minister of Agriculture, asking for implementation of law and of a code for standard welfare of dairy cattle –however, no action has been taken so far. It is shocking that these are the conditions of the only state which has a cow ministry in the country.
Varda Mehrotra, Director, FIAPO said “Hingonia is not an isolated incident but a reality of the present day dairy industry. This is a wake-up call to how we are really treating cows in Rajasthan. After extensive research and consultation with international experts, FIAPO has made recommendations for best practices for the welfare of cattle. Based on the appalling conditions that we are finding cows across all establishments in Rajasthan, we are asking for this to be urgently implemented to safeguard cattle and ensure their care in gaushalas and dairies. The Government must stand by its promises and take action immediately.”
1 Letter to the Ministry available on request.
2. Detailed investigation report on the Rajasthan dairies is available here http://www.fiapo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Final-English.pdf (English)
Investigation report on Hingona and Cattle in Rajasthan available here http://www.fiapo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/PhotoDoc-Hingonia-and-Raj-Dairy-Small.pdf
High-resolution versions, photos and video footage available on request
3. The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) 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.
4. 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.