An animal welfare organisation in Hyderabad has started online crowdfunding campaigns to treat 87 camels, who were rescued in Telangana, and send them back to Rajasthan.
People for Animals (PFA), Hyderabad chapter, rescued the animals who had been brought in the state for the purpose of being slaughtered, in June from the Karnataka-Telangana border.
According to PFA, the animals were made to walk a distance of 1,372 km from Rajasthan to Bantwaram in Ranga Reddy district in Telangana. They were to be sold at different meat markets in the state.
PFA states that "Rampant illegal sale and slaughtering of camels has become a common phenomenon in the Hyderabad city during festival seasons for quite some time. Several camels are gruesomely slaughtered in contravention of the rules and several sections of the law. Illegal entry and slaughter of camels is a violation of Section 429 of IPC and other laws. It mounts to cruelty towards animals as defined under section 11 of PCA Act. It is a cognizable offence under section 428 and 429 of IPC. Moreover, the camel is the state animal of Rajasthan and smuggling them out without permission for slaughter is also a crime."
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After rescuing the camels, the organisation then filed an FIR against the accused and the former was granted interim custody of the animals.
"After the rescue we found that 90% of the camels were sick. They were dehydrated and starved with their ribs showing, and their hooves were damaged due to the long walk of over 800 miles. They were not given enough food or water during the journey. All the camels were wounded badly due to resting their huge bodies against the tough surfaces as opposed to the soft sand that they’re used to. The unattended wounds during the long travel were now severe with maggots eating away their live tissues from the inside. There were pregnant camels, calves and lactating ones as well," PFA writes in their campaign.
This is the second time that PFA will be sending camels back to Rajasthan; last year they had rescued and transported 63 camels.
The campaign intends to collect funds to feed and treat the sick camels and also arrange for their transport back to where they belong.
Apart from the food, they will require 23 trucks to transport the animals and cranes to lift them into the vehicles.