August 1, 2012
NEW DELHI: Animal rights activists have applauded the efforts of
some state governments for committing to follow the international
guidelines of euthanasia of animals that have been affected by
disease outbreaks. Till now, during any disease outbreak like bird
flu, thousands of birds are ruthlessly culled. However, the recently
released World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines
prescribes a more humane method of euthanasia.
Organization for Animal Health
(OIE), of which India is member, is the intergovernmental
authority responsible for improving animal health worldwide. It
gathers expertise from veterinary practitioners around the world;
the OIE has developed standards and procedures for the culling of
animals during disease outbreaks. "We hope that these guidelines are
implemented on the ground during cull operations. FIAPO, through its
member organizations will keep a strict vigil and ensure
implementation," said Arpan Sharma, CEO of FIAPO.
governments of Karnataka, Puducherry, Bihar, Kerala and Jammu and
Kashmir have agreed to implement the OIE guidelines
"By mandating more humane approaches in implementing disease
control measures, the Karnataka government is taking an important
step toward improving the treatment of farm animals," said N G
Jayasimha, manager of Humane Society International's factory farming
campaign in India.
The Animal Welfare Board of India has also
supported Humane Society International's suggestion that nitrogen
and other inert gases or barbiturate injection must be used as first
choices when euthanizing affected farm animals, as these methods
cause the least amount of pain.
Guidelines for euthanasia of farm animals