SHILLONG, Aug 10 - The Meghalaya Police have issued an order to stop the illegal transport and killing of animals in the run-up to Bakrid following a petition from the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to the State Government.
The PETA India sent a letter to the Meghalaya Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police and the Director of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department, requesting them to take all possible measures to stop the illegal transport and killing of animals ahead of Bakrid.
Following the request, the Special Superintendent of Police, CID, has asked all SPs to stop such illegal transport and killing of animals during religious occasions.
PETA India emergency response coordinator Meet Ashar said: �All religions call for compassion. No religion requires killing or eating animals, and hacking animals to death with weapons is just plain cruel.�
Ashar added that the State governments have a duty to uphold and enforce India�s animal protection laws. PETA India has cited the Supreme Court�s ruling that animals can be killed only in officially licensed slaughterhouses, and that municipal authorities must ensure compliance with this ruling.