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June 18, 2014

Pollution Control Board Issues Notice to Close Poultry Farms in Panchkula, Haryana

HSI/India applauds Pollution Control Boards’ foresighted action

Humane Society International/India

  • Chicken in India caged. Erin Van Voorhies

Humane Society International-India welcomes the Haryana Pollution Control Board’s notice to close ten poultry egg farms, and stop operations in 11 others, in Panchkula. The PCB took this action in the wake of complaints filed by city residents on the growing house-fly menace in their locality due to the presence of poultry farms.

HSI/India’s Managing Director, N. G Jayasimha said: “Improper waste management in factory farms have a cascading effect on human health and environment. We have asked poultry farms to manage poultry effectively but they have made no attempts to improve their practices. We applaud the swift action taken by Haryana’s Pollution Control Board and strongly urge the other states to follow the lead.”

In recent years, the shift towards industrial farm animal production has exacerbated existing waste management problems, with more animals being intensively confined in fewer, but larger, more crowded facilities. Poorly managed animal wastes from these facilities contaminate water and air with harmful chemicals, pathogens and particulate matter, and often attract infestations of flies to the surrounding area. Chronic exposure to such unhygienic conditions can have serious negative implications for human and animal health.

HSI/India along with its partner organizations is working to improve farm animal welfare and sustainability in the poultry industry. We have launched a campaign to end the intensive confinement of egg-laying hens in India. India is the third largest producer of eggs in the world and more than 200 million hens are confined in battery cages across the country where the floor space allowed per bird is not more than a single A4 sheet of paper.

Earlier this year, Punjab and Haryana high court also issued a notice to the Indian government, the Punjab and Haryana governments, the Poultry Federation of India and the Animal Welfare Board of India to phase out battery cages.

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Media Contact: HSI/India: Navamita Mukherjee, +919985472760, nmukherjee@hsi.org

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