A video released yesterday shows horrific treatment of horses at antitoxin and antivenom manufacture facilities in India. Many of the companies highlighted in the video are not registered with the government. The facilities draw blood from the horses, many of them multiple times a month, to manufacture antitoxin and antivenom drugs. Inspectors raided the facilities and found numerous violations of the law.
The Indian Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, requires people who are responsible for animals to take all reasonable measures to ensure their well-being and to prevent unnecessary pain or suffering. Horses in the video are seen with open, untreated, infected wounds, swollen legs, terrible hoof care, emaciated and anemic. Eye problems were commonly found, presumably from where workers hit the horses in anger.
Workers used an 8 gauge needle to draw blood from the horses when guidelines call for a 14 gauge needle. The larger needle caused unnecessary pain and suffering, but allowed the blood to be collected quicker.
Investigators found that the horses were kept tied in long rows with little room to move for long periods of time, despite the law required horses be given pasture to graze on, sandy areas to roll in, and daily exercise.
Watch the in-depth video to learn more about India’s horse blood industry.
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