India is home to the world’s largest dairy herd, with numbers continuing to grow.
Despite being considered sacred by many, 50 million cows and buffaloes are kept in cruel, barren and unsanitary conditions in illegal dairies across India.
Recent research by World Animal Protection across local dairies within the city limits of six major metropolitan areas in India exposed the inhumane living conditions and shocking treatment of dairy cows and buffaloes.
They suffer malnutrition, have inadequate shelter, and don’t have access to proper breeding and veterinary care. They are also often seen eating unsuitable and stale food and drinking sewage water.
Our investigators found animals are seen tied up to short ropes round the clock, and forced to lie in their own urine and faeces, without any natural air to breathe, or room to stand, sit, move or roam.
While all dairies in India are governed by the Cruelty to Animals Act, our research found many local dairies are operating outside the law, ignoring rules and policies set to protect animals and the environment.
World Animal Protection is petitioning the Department of Animal Husbandry, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, to end the suffering of dairy animals by phasing out local dairies, and implementing welfare standards that protect all dairy animals across India.
Show you care for cows and buffaloes by signing the petition today!