Madhya Pradesh Bans Moulting through Starvation

MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA - The Government of Madhya Pradesh has directed egg producers to discontinue starvation force-moulting of laying hens.
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The Government of Madhya Pradesh became the 24th state in India to direct its egg producers to cease starvation force molting of laying hens. The Madhya Pradesh Director of Animal Husbandry has requested officials to ensure that the state's egg producers comply with the Animal Welfare Board of India's order to immediately discontinue starvation force molting regimes.

In March, the Animal Welfare Board of India confirmed that starvation force molting 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, said: "We are grateful to the Government of Madhya Pradesh and we certainly expect that egg laying farms will comply with this order. Egg producers who continue to starve birds to induce molting 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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