I am delighted to inform you that the Honorable High Court of Madras on August 6, 2014 gave directions against camel slaughter, in a case filed by the Blue Cross of India years ago and argued most ably by Mr. Balasubramanian Ganesan of Poovayya & Co (who, as always, appeared totally pro-bono).
The directions were to the effect that all slaughterhouse rules of the Chennai Corporation must be followed if any camels are to be slaughtered. Since the Chennai Corporation does not have any licensed slaughter houses for camels, this effectively means that camels cannot be slaughtered.
For the past few years, camels have been walked all the way from Rajasthan to Tamil Nadu. The survivors were slaughtered in public with hundreds –– including young children –– watching; most of them with horror writ large on their faces as the camel (with one foreleg tied double to its neck to prevent it from moving) slowly bled to death after as much as 45 minutes of wailing in agony. The slaughter was done by stabbing the jugular and allow the camel to die, standing and crying.
If one closes one’s eyes, one would swear that it was a child crying.
Mr Doulat Jain, Dr Saleem Aslam and Dr Appaji Rao have all been working with us to stop this barbaric slaughter for years and we are delighted that it is finally a verdict in the animals’ favor.
With warm regards,
––S. Chinny Krishna
Blue Cross of India
1-A Eldams Rd., Chennai
Tamil Nadu 600018, India
(See also “Camel rescue center in India is world’s first,” http://wp.me/p4pKmM-Ek.)