New Delhi, Nov 26 (PTI) Cattles in India are being tortured and the government should frame dairy animal welfare rules and train farmers on good practices, a global NGO Animal Equality said in its latest study.
Among other key recommendations, the study said the government should set up a committee to monitor welfare of animals and increase minimum penalty from Rs 50 to Rs 20,000 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
"It may seem that cattle in India are protected but they are subjected to this torture every day," Animal Equality Executive Director Amruta Ubale said in a statement.
India has more than 327 million cattle. "Having rules in place will alleviate the suffering of farmed animals... (it) is a basic requirement which every developed country has in place. India should not lag behind," Ubale added.
The study, released on the National Milk Day, also suggested the government to discontinue tethering of animals and leave them open in a designated area, effectively implement oxytocin prohibition and ban cosmetic practices such as dehorning, tail docking and branding.
The study was conducted in 10 states and covered 107 dairy farms, 2 semen collection centres, 17 cattle markets, 8 slaughterhouses, 7 meat markets and 5 tanneries, the organisation said.
Animal Equality is an animal organisation present in eight countries, including India. PTI LUX BAL .
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