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April 3, 2014

Indian Political Parties Urged to Include Animal Welfare in 2014 General Elections Manifesto

Humane Society International/India

  • Soham Mukherjee/HSI

Humane Society International-India presented a model manifesto on Animal Welfare to all political parties in India, and urges them to include animal welfare in their  2014 General Elections manifesto. The draft was submitted in the wake of growing number of incidents of animal cruelty issues reported in India.

Article 51A (g) in the Indian Constitution clearly states that it shall be the duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures.

HSI-India’s Managing Director, N.G Jayasimha called for collective support from all political parties and said: “We believe that a change in political party manifestos can establish a higher animal welfare standard in the country. The Indian public is largely aware of animal welfare as a crucial issue and we urge all political groups to firmly engage and take a progressive stand in safeguarding the welfare of animals in India.”

The three-page note focuses broadly on the barbaric treatment doled out to animals in intensive farming, research, laboratories, puppy mills and the need to protect wildlife. The model manifesto includes these policy recommendations

  • Industrialization of animal agriculture severely impacts animals as well as public health and environment. The 16th Lok Sabha must support animal welfare friendly agriculture and implement stronger environmental and farm animal welfare regulations.
  • Every year in India, thousands of rabbits, mice, guinea pigs and other animals endure painful tests during research or experimentation. The 16th Lok Sabha should support a nation-wide strategy for the development and adoption of non-animal testing methods.
  • The 16th Lok Sabha should focus on the implementation of Animal Birth Control in constituencies across the country; prohibit puppy mills and the sale of pets from pet store.
  • Illegal wildlife trade causes animal suffering as well as depletion of species, and is often linked to violence, drugs, and organized crime. The 16th Lok Sabha must bring in legislations in order to regulate or end this trade live wild animals and trade of their parts.
  • The 16th Lok Sabha must also ensure the bringing in of a new Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and inclusion of animal welfare in all its trade agreements.

The 16th Lok Sabha General Election that involves an electorate of 81.4 crore is slated to begin April 7. HSI-India is working to make sure that the inclusion of animal welfare in 16th Lok Sabha General Elections finds the attention that it deserves.

Media Contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras: +1 301-721-6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org

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