Rajasthan Bans Starvation of Laying Hens

RAJASTHAN, INDIA - The Government of Rajasthan has directed egg producers to discontinue force moulting of laying hens by starvation.
calendar icon 21 July 2011
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The Director of Animal Husbandry for the Government of Rajasthan has directed the state's veterinary officers, all district SPCAs, and all district collectors to ensure that the state's egg producers comply with the Animal Welfare Board of India's order to immediately discontinue starvation force moulting regimes.

In March, the Animal Welfare Board of India confirmed that starvation force moulting is a punishable offence under India's Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960, and ordered all egg production facilities to immediately discontinue the practice.

N.G. Jayasimha, manager of HSI's factory farming campaign in India, commented: "We are grateful to the Government of Rajasthan and we hope that egg laying farms comply with this order. Egg producers who continue to starve birds to induce moult must be prosecuted under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act."

HSI urges anyone with information about a farm inducing molting by starvation to email this confidential drop box: [email protected].

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