For years, the municipal corporation of Gurugram (MCG) in India has had a problem with pigs.
Back in 2015, the municipality planned to be pig free by the end of the year. Contractors assigned to capture the pigs are now being accused by an animal rights group of using brutal methods and selling the captured pigs to slaughterhouses.
The People For Animals group filed a complaint saying pig herders working for MCG destroyed herds, stood on them, separated them from their mothers and inflicted injuries on them before capture.
Earlier this month, the MCG launched a drive to capture stray pigs in the city. “Over the last 10 days, as many as 500 stray pigs were caught and released outside the city precincts,” SS Rohilla, MCG spokesperson, said.
Animal rights activists alleged that the pigs are caught and transported in a cruel manner.
“The cruelty meted out to the pigs during displacement is clearly in violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Slaughterhouse Rules, Transportation of Animals Act, and sections 166 and 217 of the Indian Penal Code (public servant disobeying direction of the law), in addition to guidelines laid down by the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI),” Amit Chaudhery, president, People For Animals (PFA), Gurgaon, said.
“We have requested the corporation to ensure that there is no breach of rules with regard to capturing pigs. The staff have to ensure that the animals are handled with care and are not sold to illegal meat markets or slaughter houses,” Chaudhery said.
Residents also pointed that even though MCG staff do not have necessary authorisation or documents to sell the pigs in the market, they are involved in the illegal practice.
Anuradha Kawatra, a resident of South City 1, said, “People involved in catching pigs have admitted to selling them in markets, which is illegal. They are told by the MCG to release stray pigs outside city limits and not sell them to slaughterhouses.”
However, MCG contractors denied selling captured stray pigs to slaughter houses.
“Since the drive was launched, we have been catching pigs and releasing them outside Gurgaon,” Satpal, an MCG contractor, said.
The Millennium City tried to stomp out the pigs by the end of 2015 but they still roam. Back then, Commissioner Vikas Gupta said the pigs on the roads are reared by 20-25 families, who allow them to roam freely during the day.
h/t: Hindustan Times
Photo credit: Animal Rights India