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Forced molting under debate in India

The Chandigarh administration orders inspection of all egg laying poultry farms to ensure hens are not starved to induce molt.

The Administration’s Director of Animal Husbandry in Chandigarh, India, has requested state veterinary officers, the SPCA, and People for Animals-Chandigarh to inspect all egg laying farms for compliance with the Animal Welfare Board of India’s order against starvation force molt regimes.

In March, the Animal Welfare Board of India confirmed that starvation force molting is a punishable offence under India's Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and ordered all egg production facilities to immediately discontinue the practice.
“We are grateful to the Chandigarh Administration for its request of the state’s veterinary officers and animal welfare organizations to conduct regular inspections of egg laying farms,” said N.G. Jayasimha, manager of HSI's factory farming campaign in India. “Farmers who continue to starve birds to induce molting must be prosecuted under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.”

Related website: Humane Society International

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