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The Animal Welfare Board of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India for banning the use of starvation [PDF] to force egg-laying hens into a molt phase. Starvation force molting, widely practiced on egg production facilities throughout India, deprives egg laying hens of food in order to rejuvenate their reproductive tracts and stimulate additional cycles of egg production, the AWBI ordered all poultry farms in India to immediately discontinue starvation force molting regimes, stating that the practice is in violation of India’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and a punishable offence. AWBI has directed local animal welfare organizations to work alongside law enforcement to ensure the ban is implemented.

Under starvation force molting regimes, food is often withheld for up to 14 days and may be combined with 1-2 days of water deprivation. During a force molt, hens suffer greatly and may lose up to 35 percent of their body weight. 

This practice of food withdrawal has been widely questioned throughout the world and is already prohibited in Australia and the European Union, and prohibited in the United States by the egg industry’s animal husbandry program

 

“Starving hens for weeks on end is nothing less than animal cruelty and has no place in modern agricultural practices,” said Naresh Kadyan, representative of OIPA in India's factory farming campaign in India. “By banning starvation force molting, the AWBI is taking an important step toward protecting farm animals.”

Facts

 

  • Animal Welfare Board of India is a statutory body of Government of India constituted under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960. At present, the AWBI is working under the aegis of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
  • Forced starvation molting dramatically increases the risk of hens' laying salmonella-infected eggs.
  • India’s ban on starvation force molting comes on the heels of a growing movement against battery cage egg production and farm animal cruelty within the country.
  • India’s factory farms confine 140 to 200 million hens in barren battery cages, where each bird lives within a space smaller than a single standard sized sheet of paper.

You can help put an end to one of the most inhumane practices in Indian farming by choosing to buy only cage-free eggs.

Nearly all of India's eggs come from hens in battery cages. Crammed together with five or six others in tiny cages, the hens aren't able to move, stretch their wings or nest. They live their entire lives in a space no bigger than a sheet of notebook paper.

Hens don't have to be caged to produce lots of eggs. There are cage-free alternatives available in grocery stores across the country.

For your health, the environment and to save these hens from a life of cruelty, it is time to switch to compassionate and sustainable eating. Join the growing number of Indians who at home, at school, at work or at the grocery store -- are taking the Cage-Free Pledge!

Letter to
President of India, New Delhi HE Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil
Vice President of India Hon'ble Shri Hamid Ansari
Hon'ble Speaker Lok Sabha
and 8 others
Chairman, AWBI Ram Mehar Kharab
Director General, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Haryana Dr. K.S. Dangi
Minister for Environment and Forest Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan
Director, Ainimal Welfare Division
Prime Minister of India, New Delhi Hon'ble Sardar Manmohan Singh
HE The Governor of Haryana
OIPA in India
Speaker, Haryana Assembly Hon'ble Kuldeep Sharma
The Animal Welfare Board of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India for banning the use of starvation to force egg-laying hens into a molt phase. Starvation force molting, widely practiced on egg production facilities throughout India, deprives egg laying hens of food in order to rejuvenate their reproductive tracts and stimulate additional cycles of egg production, the AWBI ordered all poultry farms in India to immediately discontinue starvation force molting regimes, stating that the practice is in violation of India’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and a punishable offence. AWBI has directed local animal welfare organizations to work alongside law enforcement to ensure the ban is implemented.

Under starvation force molting regimes, food is often withheld for up to 14 days and may be combined with 1-2 days of water deprivation. During a force molt, hens suffer greatly and may lose up to 35 percent of their body weight.
This practice of food withdrawal has been widely questioned throughout the world and is already prohibited in Australia and the European Union, and prohibited in the United States by the egg industry’s animal husbandry program

“Starving hens for weeks on end is nothing less than animal cruelty and has no place in modern agricultural practices,” said Naresh Kadyan, representative of OIPA in India's factory farming campaign in India. “By banning starvation force molting, the AWBI is taking an important step toward protecting farm animals.”
Facts

Animal Welfare Board of India is a statutory body of Government of India constituted under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960. At present, the AWBI is working under the aegis of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
Forced starvation molting dramatically increases the risk of hens' laying salmonella-infected eggs.
India’s ban on starvation force molting comes on the heels of a growing movement against battery cage egg production and farm animal cruelty within the country.
India’s factory farms confine 140 to 200 million hens in barren battery cages, where each bird lives within a space smaller than a single standard sized sheet of paper.

You can help put an end to one of the most inhumane practices in Indian farming by choosing to buy only cage-free eggs.

Nearly all of India's eggs come from hens in battery cages. Crammed together with five or six others in tiny cages, the hens aren't able to move, stretch their wings or nest. They live their entire lives in a space no bigger than a sheet of notebook paper.

Hens don't have to be caged to produce lots of eggs. There are cage-free alternatives available in grocery stores across the country.

For your health, the environment and to save these hens from a life of cruelty, it is time to switch to compassionate and sustainable eating. Join the growing number of Indians who at home, at school, at work or at the grocery store -- are taking the Cage-Free Pledge!
No doubt AWBI Chairman issued advisory but who will bother being an non-cognizable offense, bailable along with very minor punishments, so to avoid this AWBI advisory became a joke for the violators, monitor the situation and amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 with out any further delay, where as shifting of hens towards slaughter houses is also very cruel but this offense also have the same fate as stated above. Founder People for Animals ( PFA ) Haryana Naresh Kadyan, representative of the International Organisation for Animal Protection - OIPA in India fighting hard for this cause since 1998 towards and we all are behind him to be a political voice for animals in India.
Registry for Animal Abusers :
Suffolk County, New York, has created the nation's first animal abuse registry. It requires people convicted of cruelty to animals to register or face jail time and fines. It is modeled after the sex offender registry to protect children.
The Suffolk County registry resulted from the awareness that brutality against an animal is an indicator of possible violence against people, according to experts and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
According to the FBI, "classic" cases of serial killers, like Jeffrey Dahmer, had early histories of animal abuse. The FBI takes the connection between animal cruelty and violent crime seriously.
Abhishek Kadyan, Media Adviser to OIPA in India moved a petition under RTI Act, 2005 asking AWBI to supply the list of animal abusers in India since 15th August, 1947 onwards till date. Emu, Japanese Quails and Rabbits are abused, where as Quails is protected under the Wildlife Act, 1972 and its farming is illegal, it should be banned along with stop credit facility from NABARD, like wise rules be prepared for Emu and Rabbits.