New Delhi – People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India welcomed initiatives taken by the governments of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan to shut down illegal slaughterhouses – and it fired off a letter to all other states and union territories urging them to follow suit, which means closing down slaughterhouses that aren’t licensed by appropriate authorities and that usecruel practices which are prohibited by law.

The 17 February 2017 order of the Supreme Court states that the compendium of Indian acts and rules prepared by the government of India must be complied with by the state governments and union territories. Previously, PETA India wrote to the central government and all state governments and union territories urging them immediately to implement the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011, pertaining to establishment and functioning of slaughterhouses as well as those of the Central Motor Vehicles (Eleventh Amendment) Rules, 2015, which provides special requirements for motor vehicles that transport livestock. Yet most slaughterhouses in the country remain unregistered.

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Between 2004 and 2017, PETA India was part of a Supreme Court case against the common illegal treatment of animals during transport and slaughter, which the group has extensively documented. In addition to ordering a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses, the court called upon states to set up enforcement committees to monitor the treatment of animals used for meat and leather. However, most states and union territories had failed to report back to the court that they took substantial action.

“At most slaughterhouses, workers hack at animals’ throats with dull blades. Skinning and dismembering often begin while they’re still alive – and in full view of other animals”, says PETA India Chief Executive Officer Poorva Joshipura. “People who do not want to support animal suffering must make the decision to live a vegan lifestyle.”

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