Urge India to Close Facilities That Drain Blood From Horses and Donkeys
These cruel equine-serum facilities keep animals in barren, crowded sheds and extract large amounts of blood from them to manufacture drugs.
veterinarians and a scientist from PETA India, as well as other experts, inspected ten facilities that produce antitoxins and antivenins.
exception of one that outsources its work, all the facilities extract large
volumes of blood from horses, donkeys, or mules.
The inspectors documented many distressing problems, including the following:
- Animals were
suffering from anaemia, bleeding and infected wounds, and other serious health
- Other common
physical problems included diseased hooves, malnourishment, infections,
parasites, swollen limbs, abnormal gaits, and eye conditions, such as
facilities often used painfully large needles in order to collect blood
- Many horses were
fearful and anxious and struggled to get away when approached by humans.
- Animals were
typically kept in crowded, barren paddocks and often tied with ropes that
severely limited their movement.
- Many were forced to stand
and lie in their own urine and faeces, and some suffered from "capped
elbow", a painful inflammation and swelling of the joint caused by lying
on hard floors.
- Basic husbandry
procedures such as dental care and hoof trimming appeared to be ignored, and
improper tools were used for grooming.
- There were
numerous apparent violations of laws and guidelines, such as the failure of facilities
to be registered to conduct these procedures on animals.
Indian law requires people who are responsible for
animals to take all reasonable measures to ensure their well-being and
to prevent unnecessary pain or suffering – in stark contrast to the abuse and
neglect documented at these facilities.
Please speak out for these animals! Ask Indian
authorities to close these cruel facilities – send a message by filling in the