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Force molting of hens - need help in Haryana, Punjab, West Bengal, UP and MP

Dear Members,

As you are aware, 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.

Following this:

The Committee to Monitor Animal Welfare Laws in Maharashtra has directed Maharashtra's Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development & Fisheries to ensure that all egg producers and integrators discontinue starvation force molting.

The Joint Secretary of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Government of Karnataka, has directed all egg producers in the state to discontinue starvation force molting.

The Director of Animal Husbandry for the Government of Goa has directed the state's veterinary officers and the North and South Goa SPCAs to ensure egg producers discontinue starvation force molting.

The Chandigarh Administration's Director of Animal Husbandry has requested state veterinary officers, the SPCA, and People for Animals-Chandigarh to inspect all egg laying farms and ensure compliance with the order against starvation force molting.

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 molting regimes.

The Director of Animal Husbandry for the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the largest egg producing state in India, has directed the Joint Directors (Animal Husbandry) and District Officers 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.

The Commissioner of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services for the Government of Tamil Nadu, the second largest egg producing state in India, has requested the Regional Joint Directors and District Officers 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.

The Director of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry for the Government of Nagaland has directed all egg producers in the state to stop starving laying hens to force them into a molt.

Many other states have confirmed that the practice has been discontinued.

However, we are hitting a roadblock with Government of Haryana, Punjab, West Bengal, UP, MP and Maharashtra.

Smt.Shakuntala from TSPCA has kindly offered help to work with the Government of Maharashtra.

I am writing to ask if members in states of Haryana, Punjab, West Bengal, UP, MP would be interested to work with us in this issue.

Thank you

N.G.Jayasimha

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