Transportation of animals in goods vehiclesbanned in Haryana
CHANDIGARH: The Haryana government has decided to ban the transport of animals toslaughter house in goods transport vehicles. The Urban Local Bodies department, Haryanahas asked the Transport department to ensure compliance of the decision.In a communication to Principal Secretary, Transport Department, Haryana on Tuesday, PRaghvendra Rao, the Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies, Haryana attributed the decisionto the meeting of state level body on slaughter house and a Supreme Court judgment onspecial provisions for the transport of animals.A copy of communication accessed by The Times of India revealed that ULB department hasasked the Transport department to ensure transportation of animals on the basis of their sizeinstead of transportation on the basis of their weight.it is requested that necessary instructions may kindly be issued to the Regional TransportAuthorities that at the time of passing /registering the goods vehicles, an undertaking maykindly be obtained from the owners that the passed vehicles will not be used to carryanimals,'' the communication further read.The decision followed the proposal by Naresh Kadyan, an animal activist and member of statelevel body on slaughter houses in Haryana.There had been incidents wherein animals have died on the way to slaughter houses due topoor transportation facilities. The animals could barely stand in the vehicle they were beingtransported. This is the cruelty against animals. Now, the special vehicles have to be designedand the vehicle should have enough space to ensure that animal can easily sit,'' NareshKadyan said.According to rule, besides having sufficient space fore movement of animal with enclosures,the transporter has to ensure sufficient fodder as well as water in the vehicle with a clauserelated to speed limit of the vehicle to be used for transportation, Kadyan added. .Hundreds of animals are transported to various parts of country from Haryana for thepurpose of slaughter everyday. Largely the animals are transported to the slaughter houses inUP and Punjab.