East Delhi municipal corporation officials claimed a surprise inspection at the Ghazipur slaughterhouse revealed that cattle were being electrocuted instead of being stunned before slaughter. The incident came to light on August 10 after East Delhi Mayor Satya Sharma, along with other officials, conducted a surprise inspection at the slaughterhouse.
The official claimed that buffaloes and sheep were found suspended upside down from hooks while they were still conscious. The mayor has now directed the EDMC commissioner to seek action against the Director of Veterinary Affairs in the case.
“The normal practice is to stun the animals before they are slaughtered. This process involves rendering the animals unconscious before killing them. But we found violations during the surprise check. Buffaloes were electrocuted by placing a live wire on their forehead, before their throats were slit. We also found that buffaloes and sheep were suspended upside down from hooks even while they were conscious. There were no provisions to separate sick animals from the rest of the herd,” said Sharma.
The mayor was accompanied by Additional Commissioner EDMC, C A Dhan, Delhi Slaughterhouse Monitoring Committee member Gauri Maulekhi, and animal rights experts.
The mayor has now sought a full count of the animals at the slaughterhouse and footage from CCTV cameras installed in the premises. Maulekhi alleged that laws were being flouted with impunity and food safety standards were being compromised.
Manilal Valliyate, also a member of the Delhi Slaughterhouse Monitoring Committee, said, “Ante-mortem examination was conducted on all animals which were slaughtered. Strangely, all buffaloes which had been brought for slaughter were found to be females, discarded by the dairy industry and many could have been pregnant. Pregnancy tests were not being conducted on all animals.”
(with inputs from PTI)