Starving hens now an offence in Madhya Pradesh

October 14th, 2011 - 3:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, Oct 14 (IANS) The Madhya Pradesh government Friday banned starvation-forced molting of hens which deprives egg-laying hens of food.

Starvation-forced molting is practised in egg production facilities throughout India in order to rejuvenate the reproductive tracts of hens and stimulate additional cycles of egg production.

The government directed the state department of animal husbandry and veterinary services to ensure that this practice is stopped, an official statement said.

With this, Madhya Pradesh has joined 23 other Indian states, including Goa, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Maharashtra, which have banned starvation-forced molting of laying hens.

The Animal Welfare Board of India confirmed in March that starvation-forced molting is a punishable offence under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and ordered all egg production facilities to immediately discontinue the practice.

“Egg producers who continue to starve birds to induce molt must be prosecuted,” said N.G. Jayasimha, from Humane Society International, an NGO.

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