MANGALURU: The Karnataka Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services has issued an order for mandatory administration of anaesthetics during the castration of bulls.
Karnataka is the third state in India to issue a state-wide circular in favour of painless castration, following Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. This follows after a meeting with Maj Gen (Retd) Dr RM Kharb of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and other members, including Sowmya Reddy, Nuggehalli Jayasimha and Gauri Maulekhi.
This order follows a decision made in December 2014 by the highest animal husbandry authority in India – the Commissioner of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries – who recommended that all states provide bulls with anaesthetics prior to castration after hearing from PETA India and the AWBI.
“Castration is as painful and stressful for bulls and other animals as it would be for men”, says PETA India Senior Manager of Veterinary Projects Dr Ashish Sutar. “Karnataka has taken an important step to ensure that animals suffer as little as possible, and PETA India are calling for other states to follow suit.”
The old castration method – during which bulls are forced to the ground before having the blood vessels, nerves and tissues that are connected to their genitals crushed – is both frightening and extremely painful for the animals, who often continue to feel pain for several weeks after the procedure.
The new order requires veterinarians to use drugs to eliminate fear and pain during castration. PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – recommend that castration be performed when animals are six months of age or younger in order to minimise the pain and stress.
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