New Delhi: People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), India, has welcomed initiatives taken by various state governments to shut down slaughterhouses and asked the other states to follow suit.
So far, the state governments in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have taken up steps to shut down illegal slaughterhouses, as per reports.
“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.
PETA India seeks to remind the public that the beef industry is connected to the dairy industry, as the dairy industry is a key supplier of animals to the beef industry – and we urge the public to help end this trade by going dairy-free.
It’s been estimated that there are more than 30,000 illegal, unlicensed slaughterhouses in India.
Although cruelty to animals is also rampant in licensed facilities, to make matters worse, the leather industry has no system in place to ensure that its skins are not obtained from illegal slaughterhouses.
PETA India reminds consumers that raising and killing animals for food and leather is a leading cause of water pollution, land degradation, and the greenhouse-gas emissions that are responsible for climate change.
In addition, the consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy foods contributes to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity, PETA said in a Press statement issued today.