Target: Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India
Goal: Commend implementation of measures to ensure safe transportation for livestock and poultry
Transporting animals such as cattle, chickens, and goats in inhumane conditions will soon become illegal in India. Without regulations to protect them, animals are commonly transported in hot, filthy trucks, most of the time without food or water during their journey. Within the next two years, all animal transportation vehicles will be required to meet government specifications for space, cleanliness, and other parameters.
During transport, overcrowded animals can fall onto each other and become injured. Others, left in the back of a truck for days at a time without food, can die from dehydration and heat stroke before they even reach their destinations.
India will implement a code of conduct to prevent this unnecessary suffering and death, which will be based off of similar legislation in other countries such as the UK and Australia. The guidelines will define space allowances, as well as mandate regular breaks where drivers will provide animals with food, water, fresh air, and rest. Once the regulations are in place, it will be up to local officials to enforce them with inspections.
India has been working to improve their animal welfare standards for several years now, and has made significant progress in doing so. These improvements include a ban on shark hunting and modification of educational procedures to exclude the use of live animals in medical training wherever possible, as well as introducing more general anti-cruelty laws. Commend the Indian government’s efforts to reduce stress and suffering to animals during transportation, and encourage them to keep moving toward the compassionate treatment of animals everywhere in India.
Dear Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India,
The government of India recently announced that it will develop and implement regulations to ensure proper transport of cows, goats, and poultry during transportation. The regulations will define required space, as well as regular feeding and resting times for animals during transport.
Currently, without any regulations on transport, drivers can be careless about animal welfare, leaving animals crammed into trucks for days at a time without food or water. Some animals become injured from falling and being trampled in the tight quarters, while others become emaciated or die of dehydration and heat stroke.
The guidelines, which will be modeled after similar laws in other countries, will be enforced by local inspection. The new regulations will prevent unnecessary death, as well as alleviate the suffering of some of the millions of animals transported by vehicle in India annually. I applaud your efforts to improve animal welfare standards throughout India, and encourage the government to continue making progress toward a compassionate environment for animals.
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