Pradeep K., Founder VSPCA
Krishna Veni, action team
Sri Devi, action team
Our Cattle Respect Programme for the cows in India
While India is still famous around the world for its sacred cows decorated with flowers, the country’s cattle industry has changed drastically over the last decades. India has risen to the world’s largest dairy producer and the biggest exporter of beef.
- Dairy production India 2012: 121,8 mio tons per annum¹
- Export of beef India 2012: 3,64 mio tons per annum²
- To put it in perspective: global production of beef in 2012: 57.2 mio tons per annum²
India has very strict animal welfare legislation; stricter than European legislation. However, the existing legislation is not enforced by the competent authorities. Bribing and corruption is common place. There are serious animal welfare problems regarding cattle in India, especially during transport.
Cattle transported in India is usually hidden from the public as devout Hindus consider cows as sacred and the home of millions of deities. They would be offended by any cruelty inflicted on cows.
In 2012 we have founded the Cattle Respect Programme India.
The Aim of the Cattle Respect Programme India
- Stop the cruel conditions in husbandry, transportation and slaughter in India.
- Achieve enforcement of existing animal welfare legislation in India by working closely with the local authorities and governmental bodies in India and suitable institutions, organizations and governmental bodies abroad.
- Create awareness for the needs and rights of cattle and increase compassion towards animals.