Delhi Court Cracks Down on Spurious OxytocinUse in Dairy Colonies

Delhi High Court takes action against spurious oxytocin use in dairy colonies, citing animal cruelty and public health concerns. The court directs weekly inspections and relocation of dairies near landfill sites to address health hazards.

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Delhi Court Cracks Down on Spurious OxytocinUse in Dairy Colonies

Delhi Court Cracks Down on Spurious OxytocinUse in Dairy Colonies

The Delhi High Court has taken decisive action against the rampant use of spurious oxytocin in the city's dairy colonies, issuing directives to combat the illegal practice that has raised concerns over animal cruelty and public health. The court's intervention comes as a response to a plea filed by activists Sunayana Sibal, Asher Jessudoss, and Akshita Kukreja, who alleged widespread violations of various laws in Delhi's dairy operations.

The use of spurious oxytocin in dairy colonies has far-reaching implications for public health, as contaminated milk can lead to serious health issues. Moreover, the court's decision sets a precedent for addressing the interconnectedness between animal welfare, environmental health, and human well-being, highlighting the need for sustainable and responsible practices in the dairy industry.

A division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet P.S. Arora ruled that administering oxytocin without proper authorization constitutes an offense under relevant legislation. The court directed the Department of Drugs Control, GNCTD, to conduct weekly inspections and ensure that all cases of spurious oxytocin usage or possession are registered under Section 12 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and Section 18(a) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

The court commissioner appointed to investigate the matter reported the "rampant use" of oxytocin to force milk let-down and increase milk production in cattle, amounting to animal cruelty. "Since administering of oxytocin amounts to animal cruelty and is a cognizable offence under Section 12 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, consequently, thisCourt directsthe Department of Drugs Control, GNCTD to conduct weekly inspections..."the Delhi High Court bench stated in its order.

The Intelligence Department of the Delhi Police has been tasked with identifying the sources of spurious oxytocin production, packaging, and distribution and taking legal action against offenders. The court also expressed concern over the condition of dairies located near landfill sites, stressing the urgency of relocating such facilities due to potential health hazards posed by contaminated feed and milk.

"Cattle in the dairies situated next to the landfill sites, without doubt, would feed on hazardous waste and their milk if consumed by humans, particularly children, (directly or indirectly) could have serious consequences.....there is urgent need to rehabilitate and relocate the Ghazipur Dairy and Bhalaswa Dairy forthwith as they are located next to the Sanitary Landfill Sites ('SLFS')," Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet Pritam Singh Arora noted.

Why this matters: The court has directed key officials from municipal bodies, veterinary departments, and food safety authorities to participate in the proceedings on May 8 to discuss the implementation of its directions. The officials have been tasked with exploring suitable relocation sites and coordinating efforts to address the complex issues surrounding dairy operations in Delhi.

The medical community has lauded the Delhi High Court's decision as a crucial step towards safeguarding public health. Dr. Atul Gogia of Ganga Ram Hospital highlighted the grave health risks posed by consuming dairy products from areas plagued by improper waste disposal, including contamination, severe infections such as jaundice and typhoid, and long-term health issues like organ damage due to heavy metals in water. Dr. Sanjeev Bagai underscored the broader implications of this ruling, pointing out the medical, social, and ecological hazards associated with waste dumps near dairy areas.

The Delhi High Court's directive marks a significant step towards addressing the interconnectedness between animal welfare, environmental health, and human well-being. The ruling not only tackles immediate concerns related to animal cruelty and public health but also sets a precedent for comprehensive measures against practices detrimental to societal health and safety. As the case progresses, the court actions are expected to pave the way for a more sustainable and responsible dairy industry in the national capital.

Key Takeaways

  • Delhi High Court takes action against spurious oxytocin use in dairy colonies.
  • Oxytocin misuse leads to animal cruelty and public health risks, including contaminated milk.
  • Court orders weekly inspections and registration of cases under relevant laws.
  • Dairies near landfill sites to be relocated due to health hazards from contaminated feed and milk.
  • Court's decision sets precedent for addressing animal welfare, environmental health, and human well-being.