People’s Movement against illegal Slaughter in Hyderabad city
Hyderabad, September 26, 2017…….: People in Hyderabad are up in arms against the illegal slaughter of animals for food in their neighborhood. Under the campaign name Stop Illegal Slaughter, they have investigated and complained against at least 20 such shops to the local body and food safety department. The Stop Illegal Slaughter campaign is a nationwide people’s movement supported by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO)- India’s apex animal protection agency
Hundreds ofthousands of animals are slaughtered for food every day across the country.Such killing is allowed under specific rules, to ensure humane treatment ofanimals, health and hygiene of the surroundings. However, none of thefacilities investigated confirmed to these.
It was observed thatbirds were cut up before they were even dead; live birds were kept in utmostcramped and unhygienic conditions; large animals were also being slaughtered inshops and even basic paperwork was absent. Diseased birds were kept withhealthy ones and there was no food, water or veterinary care provided. Meatshops, which are only supposed to sell meat, were found slaughtering animals.There were no proper facilities for hygienic disposal of waste or processing ofmeat. The municipal body did not have a mechanism to inspect and facilitatethese either, with many street dogs thriving on waste from these shops.
Abhishek, a residentsaid “I am fed up of the municipality’s inaction on the issue. I had complainedto them earlier as well, but neither they nor the media took the issueseriously as I was the lone person speaking on the issue. However, now thatmany people like me have complained, I am hopeful that action will be taken onthem soon.”
“Owners of meatshops are totally inconsiderate about the health and safety of people or theanimals they slaughter. I have seen them casually throw the leftover meat tothe dogs waiting outside, encouraging them to fight among themselves. A walkdown the meat market near my place will show you who is responsible for streetdogs being aggressive.” says Aditya, another resident.
The SlaughterhouseRules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960; the Food Safety andStandards Regulations 2010; BIS standards; Pollution control norms andmunicipal rules for registration were found being violated with impunity. Someof these violations, for instance, running a meat shop without Food Safetyregistration is punishable with imprisonment for six months and fine of up to 5lakh rupees.
“Many of these shopsemployed child labour, were using rusted implements to process meat which wasexposed to insects, dust and smoke. These are ripe conditions for a diseaseoutbreak and our city does not even have any lab to test for germs in meat.Does the entire city have to pay to sustain the illegal and unethicalprofiteering of some people?” asks Shree Kavya, mother of a 5 year old girl.
Varda Mehrotra,Director of the national federation for animal protection summarized themovement as “Thousands of animals suffering in illegal meat shops andslaughterhouses have a fresh ray of hope with people speaking up for them. Asimilar movement in Jaipur earlier this year led to illegal meat shops beingclosed down. We appeal to the local body and food safety department to takeserious note of the complaints and initiate action in the interest of the livesof animals and humans alike.”
One can report any such illegal shops to the food safety department ontheir helpline at- 1800112100. Citizens can also complain on the whatsappnumber- 9868686868, or reach them on twitter- twitter@fssaiindia, facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/fssai/ ortheir mobile app- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fssai.fssai&hl=en
· Reportsof investigation and photographs available on request
· TheStop Illegal Slaughter campaign is a nationwide people’s movement supported bythe Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO)- India’s apexanimal protection agency