Progress: Jharkhand to Ensure Use of Gestation Crates Does Not Violate State Animal Welfare Laws

After receiving a representation from Mercy For Animals India Foundation, the Jharkhand government has instructed veterinary officers to make sure that the use of gestation and farrowing crates is not in violation of animal welfare laws.

Jharkhand is the latest state to take action regarding restrictive crates for pigs. After appeals from Mercy For Animals India Foundation and other groups, 18 states—Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Manipur, Mizoram, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Sikkim, West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Punjabhave prohibited the use of gestation and farrowing crates. 

Mother pigs in factory farms are abused for most of their lives. They are confined in cages that are barely larger than their bodies—gestation crates during pregnancy and farrowing crates when giving birth. Mother pigs suffer in these crates, enduring a cycle of pregnancy and birth until they are slaughtered. 

Join us in urging the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying to prohibit the manufacture, sale, and use of gestation and farrowing crates for pigs across India in compliance with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.