People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and local activists sprang into action and rescued seven camels, five in Varanasi and two in Jaunpur, which were being sacrificed for Eid-ul-Adah on Monday. The rescued animals have been shifted to a care centre, PETA authorities in Varanasi on Tuesday said.
PETA officials, along with senior government officials including the Additional Director General of Police – Law & Order, Uttar Pradesh, and Senior Superintendent of Police and District Magistrate of Varanasi and local activists assisted in the rescue operation.
“Thanks to the compassion and quick action of the people involved in this case, these gentle camels will never be slaughtered,” says PETA India Lead Emergency Response Coordinator Meet Ashar said in a press statement here on Tuesday.
“PETA India hopes this story will inspire people to help other animals by refusing to sacrifice or eat them.”
“We commend Varanasi district authorities for enforcing the law and showing that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated,” says Former Co-opted Member of the AWBI Kamna Pandey. ”We have been working since 2015 to prevent illegal killing of camels in Varanasi and finally this year, with the strong support of the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police (City), we were able to ensure that no camels were sacrificed.”