Animal Rights in India By Milen Nelivigi

Cows are considered very holy in the Hindu religion. Although in this instance cows are treated with disrespect, many Hindus praise them and India is trying to ban and discontinue this treatment of cows. (PETA India, page 1)

There is a fine line between what is needed to make money, and what is morally right. Although the people working at leather factories must make a living, the job itself is horrific. The workers take semen in a glove and rape cows in order to make more calfs for leather. (PETA India, page 1)

“Gentle cows and bulls were branded on the face, electroshocked, and beaten before finally being slaughtered to be made into the leather interiors offered by the world's largest car companies,” (PETA India, page 1)

Cows were forcibly inseminated or raped, they gave birth to calves, and those calfs were abused and put through horrible conditions to make leather.

Although animals have rights in India, there are many instances such as this one where they are treated terribly. (PETA India, page 1)

There is a fine line between what is needed to make money, and what is morally right. Although the people working at leather factories must make a living, the job itself is horrific. The workers take semen in a glove and rape cows in order to make more calfs for leather. (PETA India, page 1)

“Antitoxins are life-saving drugs, but most of the ones in use today are made from the blood of horses and other equines who have been repeatedly injected with toxins even though modern methods are available that don’t use animals. Without anesthesia, they are restrained and large volumes of blood are drawn from a vein in the neck—up to 15 percent of their blood at a time, which can be as much as 2 gallons—and they are subjected to this abuse over and over again.” (PETA, page 1)

This withdrawal of blood from the horse’s neck causes immense discomfort and dizziness. The needles can also spread infections from horse to horse, harming or even killing them.

Not only are the horses subjected to bad treatment when making and removing the antitoxin from their bloodstream, but numerous inspections show the horrible living conditions of the animals. There are many diseases and there are also downsides for humans when we use the antivenom. We can get sick from the horse's blood and the antivenom is sometimes ineffective and short-lasting. (PETA, page 1)

There are many venomous snakes in India which is why it is so hard to create the amount of antivenom needed to help the victims of snakebites. To make antivenom, one needs to inject a horse with a small amount of the type of toxin you want to make the cure for, and then take it from the horse's bloodstream. The result is what the horse made to counteract the venom. This can then be used to help people survive snake bites. (PETA, page 1)

When inspected in 2014, many deadly and harmful diseases were found in the living areas of the horses, such as anemia, diseased hooves, eye abnormalities, infections, parasites, and malnutrition. Although some of these aren't diseases, they are serious problems. (PETA, page 1)

“Both the Indian Judicial system as well as Indian legislature are of the opinion that animal rights and human rights go hand in hand and there should be respect for all the species of the world.” (Hasnain Khawaja, page 1)

Many influential leaders in India have openly stated how important animals are to the ecosystem and that they deserve to have some rights. Although some more dangerous animals are being killed, there are rules that are being put in place to protect them. (Hasnain Khawaja, page 1)

Although I have found a lot of information about what is wrong with the way animals are treated in India, there has been a lot of progress. Animal rights in India have come a long way since 2010, where parades and practices that involved the abuse of certain animals were allowed. For example, there was a parade that celebrated Nandi, Shiva and Parvati's bull, where a real bull was paraded around streets by prodding it with sharp points and sticks that give small jolts of electricity. Now, this article has made very clear that animals are treated even better than the people in nearby countries. Although one could argue that the treatment of animals are bad and the people worse, many leaders of India are fighting to protect animals. (Hasnain Khawaja, page 1)

SOURCES

Khawaja, Hasnain. "India treats animals with more care than it does Kashmiris."Gale Virtual Reference Library. Last modified July 26, 2006. http://think.galegroup.com/ic/gic/NewsDetailsPage/NewsDetailsWindowdisableHighlighting=false&displayGroupName=News&currPage=&scanId=&query=&source=&prodId=GIC&search_within_results=&p=GIC%3AOVIC&mode=view&catId=&u=nysl_me_horman&limiter=&display-query=&displayGroups=&contentModules=&action=e&sortBy=&documentId=GALE%7CA459300208&windowstate=normal&activityType=&failOverType=&commentary=.

2016 PETA India. "PETA International Science Consortium Funds Research to En Indian Horse Experiments." PETA. Last modified November 24, 2016. Accessed December 1, 2016. http://www.petaindia.com/blog/

———. "Video: Cows Branded, Shocked, and Beaten for Leather Shoes and Bags." PETA India. Last modified November 17, 2016. Accessed December 1, 2016. http://www.petaindia.com/media/

https://www.youthconnect.in/2015/10/10/india-disrespects-cows-everyday/

“Both the Indian Judicial system as well as Indian legislature are of the opinion that animal rights and human rights go hand in hand and there should be respect for all the species of the world.” (Hasnain Khawaja, page 1)

Many influential leaders in India have openly stated how important animals are to the ecosystem and that they deserve to have some rights. Although some more dangerous animals are being killed, there are rules that are being put in place to protect them. (Hasnain Khawaja, page 1)

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