Cruelty towards animals

Imphal: The Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory body constituted under Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960 is ever vigilant on the reported cruelty cases on animals and takes immediate actions as per the provisions of the Prevention of cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) takes cognizance upon receipt or knowledge of any incidence of cruelty to animal including street dogs with the concern jurisdictional authorities to take proper action and to punish violators of any such Act, a PIB press release said on Friday.

The animal welfare board advises the state government on the issues related to animal welfare including cruelty meted out to animals. It has issued several advisories and circulars to sensitize and create awareness on the matters related to stray animals, man-animal conflict issues with regard to Residents Welfare Associations. The board has also issued circulars for observing Animal Welfare Fortnight, Rabies Day, and World Animal Day for sensitizing the states to check the cruelty issues, the release said.

The AWBI conducts training programme for honorary animal welfare officer to make them well versed with the provision of the Prevention of cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and various animal welfare activities. The AWBI also creates awareness in the society to prevent unnecessary pain or suffering to animals and also to be compassionate and kind toward the fellow beings. The board is regularly addressing the state governments and Union territories to establish and re-constitute the State Animal Welfare Boards and District Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animal in every district to address the animal welfare issues at grass root level.

This information was given by the minister of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying, Parshottam Rupala in the Rajya Sabha in a written reply on Friday.

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