Animal husbandry organizations in India have been busy making headlines recently after a slew of reports about how animals are being used as bait for human consumption.
Many are worried that the use of animals for bait and other food purposes may have increased in the last year due to the high-profile rise in human consumption of animal products.
The use of dogs for bait in restaurants and other venues has also been on the rise recently, with some states and localities banning the practice.
However, a recent study by a leading Indian veterinary institute, the Indian Veterinary College (IVC), found that only 5 percent of all the reported cases of food poisoning involving dogs in India involve a human source.
The study also found that dogs were the most commonly used food source in cases of poisoning involving humans.
While many have called the practice of using dogs as food bait “abhorrent” and “abusive,” animal husbandroers say it is in fact a necessary way to control the number of dogs in the household.
According to Dr. Pratap Nandu, a senior lecturer at the Institute of Animal Husbandry and Welfare, the use and misuse of animals in India is a serious issue and that it is a violation of animal welfare laws.
The main problem, Nandun told HuffPost India, is that many people do not realize that this practice is illegal in the country.
The most common reason people do this is the belief that they will be paid.
In fact, in the past, the animals have been used for the food in the process of selling the food, he said.
However a recent survey by a research group at the University of Delhi found that there are more than 10,000 animal husbandrains operating in India, with an estimated population of about 5,000 to 10,500 animals.
A total of 6,200 people died from poisoning with animals during the past two years, according to the study, published in the journal Animal Health and Medical Research.
The use of human-housed animals for food in India has not gone unnoticed.
The issue has even received the support of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been visiting many states to urge citizens to not be indifferent to animal welfare issues.
While the Prime Ministers’ Office said that the Prime Minster had not yet spoken with the Indian government on the issue, the issue has also reached his office.