*Trigger Warning: Animal Cruelty*
Animal Equality has urged the government to include fish welfare as an objective in the National Fisheries Policy after presenting a study that exposed the cruel and illegal practices in the fishery and aquaculture sector.
Animal Equality documented several fish and shrimp farms, hatcheries and fish markets from February 2019 to May 2020 in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana, which are known for their fish production.
Amruta Ubale, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Animal Equality, said, “It is appalling to see that there are no welfare standards followed in fish production. Overcrowding, lack of veterinary care, sale of live fish at markets and using methods of knocking to slaughter fish are some of the many abusive practices uncovered. Many of these practices violate the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
“The objective of the study is to urge the government to introduce welfare measures for aquatic animals. Animal Equality has presented these findings to the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, along with a list of recommendations to reduce the suffering of fish. Some of these include adequate space allocation, making veterinary care mandatory, stunning fish before slaughter and stopping transport and sale of live fish.”
The study exposed:
The reality is that animals are not afforded adequate protection in our food system and the abuse Animal Equality filmed is unfortunately commonplace in the fishery and aquaculture industry. Please sign and share the petition urging the government to take action.