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 Pradeep K., founder VSPCA  Krishna Veni, CRPI action team  Sri Devi, CRPI action team

Pradeep K., Founder VSPCA
Krishna Veni, action team
Sri Devi, action team

CRPI success: Temple calves in India

For decades dairy farmers in Andhra Pradesh have donated their unwanted or unneeded male calves to temples. The main temple has been Simhachalam Temple near Visakhapatnam receiving up to 10.000 calves every year. The calves have been brought to the temples decorated with flowers and colours and have been walked up 1.000 steps to the Temple where they arrived tired and exhausted. After having been handed over to the Temple, the animals have been dragged onto trucks and driven to markets where they were sold to slaughterhouses.

While our partner VSPCA has been fighting this practice for years, we magnified the issue and increased the pressure on authorities once the CRPI was founded. Animals’ Angels went to Simhachalam Temple during our visit in India in Nov 2012 and documented the brutal loading and transportation of calves to markets. As a first action of the CRPI, we have prepared a detailed report with our findings and presented it to the Principle Secretary to Government Revenue in the Government of Andhra Pradesh in Feb 2013. In addition, the VSPCA as well as Animals’ Angels have sent letters to all relevant authorities to bring attention to the topic. As a result, the government decided to ban the existing practice at all temples in Andhra Pradesh from April 2013 onwards. This decision was followed by several press releases and interviews given by the government.

In April 2013 the temples in the entire state of Andhra Pradesh stopped selling donated calves to contractors. The CRPI was on the ground to advise and help the Temple authorities with this new situation. The main issue was a) to inform farmers to stop donating their calves but also b) to deal with the animals that were still dropped at the Temple and would have been abandoned if our teams would not have taken care of them.

Today, the CRPI reports proudly that the number of calves brought to the temples have dropped significantly to 5 – 10 animals/week (while it used to be over 200).