New Delhi: New data released on 26th October by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) has shown the horrifying state of cattle in 451 milk producing centres from India’s 10 leading milk producing states. Going by the revelations, it has demanded immediate attention by the Centre and State Governments to regulate milk producing dairies.
FIAPO’s investigative report ‘CATTLE-OGUE’ has revealed how most cows raised in these dairies are intensively confined, leaving them unable to fulfill their most basic natural needs, such as nursing their calves, and are treated like milk-producing machines – genetically manipulated, pumped with antibiotics and hormones in order to produce more milk. While cows suffer in such set-ups, humans who drink their milk increase their chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and many other ailments. The unorganised and unregulated upkeep of dairy animals undoubtedly raises a question mark on the safety of the milk that these dairies produce as well as on the sustainability of India’s global leadership of milk production.
♦ Calves are separated from the mother almost immediately on birth – so that the milk can be sold. This imposes tremendous psychological suffering upon the mothers, which in turn affects their lactation.
♦ In order to keep the mothers lactating (which is difficult to achieve in the absence of calves), there is extensive use of a hormone called Oxytocin, which is very painful to cattle.
♦ There is near complete tethering on extremely short tethers which leaves the animals with no avenue to express natural behaviour.
♦ It is normal practice to milk ill and sick animals.
♦ It emerged that as a result of extremely exploitative practices, animals were going “dry” much quicker. This is the leading cause behind India being the world’s 2nd largest beef exporter in the absence of raising any beef cattle at all