OIPA India is the “Registered Organizations working for the welfare of the animals, especially prevention of infliction of unnecessary cruelty upon them and to protect the flora and fauna of the country, so as to maintain ecological balance”.

In the High Court of Delhi, at new Delhi, OIPA India brings a complaint forward against UNION OF INDIA AND OTHERS, in order to improve the life of farm animals.
OIPA India’s aim, through this action, is to “issue a writ, order or direction” to declare and underline “that the bovine meat export promotion policy of APEDA […] is illegal as it contravenes the provisions of the Articles No. […] 48, 51A(g) of our Constitution of India

Article 48 states that: “The State shall endeavour to organise agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle”, while article 51A(g) states that: “It shall be the duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures”.

Particularly concerning is the fact that, despite the “acute shortage” of milk, due the slaughter of cows, this massacre continues in order to supply “the great demand for Indian beef in Arab countries”, which “is exported under the banner of buffalo/bovine meat”. All this happens with the “connivance [of] the authorities”.

Moreover, APEDA exports under the label of “other meat and other meat products” meat and edible meat or offal of horses, donkeys, rabbits and hares, primates, camels and other camelids, whereas the 1972 Wild Life (Protection) Act, the 2011 FSSI Regulations and the 2015 Rajasthan Camel (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Bill declared these animals part of wildlife and so stated that their meat is illegal and unconstitutional, because it “is also detrimental to the policy and the constitutional duty of the govt. to maintain the flora and fauna and protect the wild animals and is therefore against the law of the land and national interest”.

Furthermore, OIPA India asks “to amend the toothless Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960”, to assure the compliance of the provisions stated in the Transport of Animals Rules 1978, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter Houses) Rules 2000, to ensure that Camels, Hares, Horses, Asses, Primates and other prohibited animals are not slaughtered for the purpose of human consumption or exported for the same reason, and to elaborate a fool proof mechanism to ensure that “no mulching, draught or useful animal is sold for slaughtering purpose without proper medical certificate and state permit”, as well as to pass any other necessary law or policy “in the interest of justice”.