With the Bakrid Festival, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, set to begin on September 2, 2017, animal activists in India had to move fast when they discovered more than 100 camels that were days away from being slaughtered.
The rescued camels were believed to have been transported by foot from Rajasthan to Karwan, a major suburb in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Fortunately, despite the protests of many handlers who were thought to be from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh, the camels were successfully released to animal activists and local police. Sadly, many of the animals were injured following their long and demanding journey.
As reported by newindiaexpress.com, it is illegal to bring animals outside of Rajasthan under the (Rajasthan Camel Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export Act), which was enacted in 2016.
“Camel is regarded as the state animal of Rajasthan and no person shall possess, sell or transport for sale or cause to be sold or transport camel meat or camel meat products in any form,” said Meenakshi Vijaywargi of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), which executed the rescue.
“Cow and camel are supposed to get some protection with seven years in jail for slaughtering, and three years for smuggling it across state borders,” continued Vijaywargi.
Others from the organization have expressed their frustration calling the law absolutely ineffective because hundreds of camels continue to be smuggled to Hyderabad and surrounding areas to be slaughtered every year; especially during Ramzan and Bakrid.
This needs to END!
A shocking camel rescue by People for Animals (PFA) last August resulted in thequint.com revealing the horrific illegal camel slaughter and the flourishing camel meat market in India.
According to the article, The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India does not classify camel as meat or as a meat-food-product. Therefore, there are no slaughter houses in India that are equipped to handle an animal the size of a camel.
As a result, camels throughout the country are savagely slaughtered in the open, with inadequate equipment. Horrifically, after butchers take the meat, they often leave the camels to die slow, painful deaths.
PFA is India’s largest animal welfare organization with a nationwide network of 26 hospitals, 165 units and 60 mobile units that work to rescue and rehabilitate sick and needy animals. The non-profit organization operates shelters, ambulance services, sterilization programs, treatment camps, and disaster rescue missions for animals and education programs for people in schools.