Illegal goat markets mushroom all over Mumbai for Bakr Eid; PETA India writes to CMO | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: An investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has revealed that numerous temporary, illegal and crowded goat markets have mushroomed all across Mumbai in violation of the Maharashtra government circular regarding the celebration of Eid al-Adha or Bakr Eid. The state circular mandates that because of the Covid-19 pandemic, all existing active animal markets be shut down and that the purchase of animals is allowed only online or via telephone.
The group’s investigation covered 23 illegal makeshift goat markets in Andheri, Byculla, Govandi, Jogeshwari, Kurla, and Mankhurd. Nearly 1 lakh goats were reportedly transported from states like Assam, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to be sold for sacrifice.
The investigation revealed rampant violations of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960; the Transport of Animals Rules, 1978; and Covid-19 protocols.
Following the investigation, PETA India fired off letters to the chief minister of Maharashtra, the chief secretary, the commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation; the director-general of police, Maharashtra; and the commissioner of police, Mumbai, and submitted complaints at local police stations to register a First Information Report (FIR) against the illegal markets’ organisers and goat sellers.
“All religions call for compassion, and at a minimum, animal protection laws must be adhered to during Eid and year-round,” says PETA India Advocacy Associate Pradeep Ranjan Doley Barman.
“PETA India encourages Eid celebrations through the distribution of money, clothing, or fruit or in other ways that don’t harm animals,” he added.
PETA India’s investigation found violations of the PCA Act, 1960. The illegal goat markets were badly crowded, and numerous animals were crammed into congested spaces where they struggled to find a place to stand and lie down. Some were filmed fighting with each other. These animals were often deprived of food and water, and many were suffering from respiratory problems for which no veterinary treatment was provided.
The buyers and sellers weren’t able to produce fitness certificates to transport the goats, in gross violation of the Transport of Animals Rules, 1978. Goats were filmed visibly in pain as they were pulled and pushed by their necks into auto-rickshaws by buyers outside the markets. Most of the sellers and buyers weren’t wearing masks or maintaining social distancing, which is mandatory as per Covid-19 protocols.
PETA India (whose motto reads, in part, that animals are not ours to eat) recently sent letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to remove Section 28 from the PCA Act, 1960, which allows animal sacrifice in the name of religion, and the directors-general of police of all states and union territories, requesting that they take all possible precautionary measures to stop any illegal transport and killing of animals in the run-up to Eid, as was advised by the Animal Welfare Board of India in its June 25 advisory this year.
Navi Mumbai based high court advocate, Siddh Vidya, commented to TOI, “Our group of animal welfare workers have also been flagging the issue of illegal transportation of goats and other animals for Bakr Eid and also other occasions. The Motor Vehicles Act is violated, besides others rules. None of the animals has fitness or health certificates while being transported to the city. The government must act on such illegalities.”

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