New research and shocking video expose the cruel reality behind a glass of milk

Have you ever tried to find out the real story  behind the milk that you consume? A recent research by World Animal Protection across local dairies within the city limits of six major metropolitan areas in India, has exposed the inhumane living conditions and shocking treatment of dairy cows and buffaloes.

While all dairies in India are governed by the Registration of Cattle Premises Rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, our research found many local diaries are operating outside the law, ignoring laws and policies set to protect animals and the environment.

It is estimated that up to 50 million dairy animals are suffering every day in unacceptable conditions in dairies. Millions are kept in badly managed local dairies, known as urban and peri-urban dairies, located in cities and suburbs.

Research found disturbing evidences of cattle foraging in garbage, in the middle of bustling roads, in almost every visited city, indicating the absence of proper management of dairy animals. 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.

Dairy animals are living in overcrowded, barren conditions, causing them immense pain and stress. 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. 

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. Sign the petition today!

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Ask the Department of Animal Husbandry, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, to end the suffering of dairy animals, by phasing out urban and peri-urban dairies, and implementing welfare standards that protect all dairy animals across India. 

People in India deeply concerned for welfare of dairy animals

India is home to the world’s largest dairy herd, with numbers continuing to grow. An ever increasing demand for milk, is pushing productivity, with dairy cattle being forced to produce milk in unnatural and highly stressful situations.

A survey commissioned by World Animal Protection showed the cruel treatment of animals in local dairies in India is unacceptable to almost 90% of people who responded; highlighting strong support for better protection of dairy animals across the country.

Almost half of those surveyed were unaware that millions of dairy animals are being kept in illegal, unregulated local dairies in their cities and suburbs - in cruel, barren and unsanitary conditions, often deprived of their basic needs, such as access to clean water and food, and being tethered their whole lives.

With almost 300 million dairy cows and buffalo, India is by far the largest dairy producer in the world. Indian people care strongly about the welfare of animals, with 90% of respondents stating they want to see better lives for dairy animals that provide milk for them and their families.

The survey also reveals:

  • almost 90% of people surveyed strongly agree dairies should be closed if they don’t consider the welfare needs of dairy animals
  • almost 87% think the government should intervene and bring in better welfare standards and practices to protect dairy animals
  • nearly 90% are more likely to buy products from a company that sources from dairies adopting better animal welfare practices
  • 3 out of 4 who regularly buy dairy brands would be willing to pay 5-10% more for products that come from dairies offering better animal welfare.

The survey is part of World Animal Protection’s campaign to improve the lives of dairy cows and buffaloes used for milk production in dairies across India. We are working with corporates, milk cooperatives, retailers and industry associations to create better lives for dairy cattle; and are moving the government to improve welfare of dairy animals.

The results of the survey have prompted World Animal Protection to call on the people to demand for better welfare for dairy animals in India.

To know more about our work on the dairy sector in India and to access the National Code of Practices for Management of Dairy Animals in India, click here.

 

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