The Animal Factory Farming (Regulation) Bill, 2020

Mar 19, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Industry Specific Compliance

The Animal Factory Farming (Regulation) Bill, 2020, was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on March 13, 2020. The objective is to provide the regulation of animal factory farming industry in India. This Bill would extend to the whole of India.

This Bill would apply to ventures involved in production through animal factory farming registered with the appropriate Government and operating within the territory of India and animal factory farming carried out by the State. Whereas, it would not apply to the ventures not present within the territory of India, provided if such production is in connection with any business or activity which involves use and rearing of animals for animal factory farming with the territory of India.

The venture means any company or any organisation involved in animal factory farming or any individual with charge of animals and involved in production through animal factory farming. The followings are the obligations:-

a) Every venture shall phase out the use of harmful antibiotics and shall use only such antibiotics as may be specified.

b) Every venture shall ensure that transport of animal farming products is done is manner prescribed.

c) Every venture shall carryout its production without contravening the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960

The duties of every venture shall include but not limited to the followings:-

(i) Undertaking measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by livestock engaged in factory farming; 

(ii) taking appropriate measures for animal welfare; 

(iii) minimizing the threat of food contamination and foodborne illnesses as a result of its activities;

(iv) ensuring proper working conditions and minimising operational risks, which may involve worker injuries and reputational risk, as well as risk of contamination of food product by sick workers; 

(v) minimizing the use of drug resistant antibiotics; 

(vi) undertaking measures to reduce consumption of large quantities of water both directly and indirectly via purchase of animal feed; and 

(vii) reduction in waste and water pollution from its activities;

[Bill No. VI of 2020]


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