India: ‘Animal Rights protesters force closure of slaughterhouses in Mumbai’

Posted on September 24, 2012

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Today (24th September), a news item was posted on the Malaysian National News Agency web-site titled ‘Animal Rights protesters force closure of slaughterhouses in Mumbai’.

‘… MUMBAI, Sept 24 (Bernama) — A number of illegal slaughterhouses have been closed in India’s commercial hub Mumbai following protests staged by members of an animal rights organisation.

The People for Animals said a team from the organisation prevented illegal slaughter of cows, bullocks and calves through vigilant patrolling of various illegal slaughterhouses in and around Mumbai, Press Trust of India reported.

The group said in a statement the team patrolled highways in Thane and Navi Mumbai and prohibited thousands of animals from going to slaughter, and caught many trucks filled with cows and bullocks and released them into a shelter in Aangaon.

The organisation founder, MP Maneka Gandhi, said that thousands of cattle had been taken to Deonar and illegal slaughterhouses nearby for slaughter.

Several butchers at the Deonar slaughterhouse had shut down operations following opposition from the group, the organisation said.

“The killing of cows is prohibited under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act 1976,” said Ambika Hiranandani, an advocate for People for Animals.

“It is illegal to kill calves and healthy bullocks meant for agriculture, draught or breeding purposes. There are also strict regulations on how animals should be transported,” she said …’

Read the item at www.bernama.com/bernama/v6/newsindex.php?id=696700

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