NEW DELHI: The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has asked states and union territories to build “hostels” for stray cows and dogs adding a committee will check that, the young animals are not killed slaughter-houses.
The move comes after the body received complaints from various animal welfare groups regarding the lack of provisions to shelter stray animals.
AWBI Chairman S P Gupta said that he has already brought the matter to the notice of the Ministry of Urban Development. He said that the board has taken the decision to sensitise all the states and union territories to implement the vision and directions of Prime Minister for modernising and developing the cities sustainably with special provision to provide protection to animals.
“The Ministry of Urban Development has to play a vital role by making modal bye-laws to entail the provision of animal shelters in their smart city and other metro city development plan to make this programme successful on the line of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960,” said Gupta.
Gupta said that he received some complaints from animal welfare organisations about missing provision for stray animals in smart cities that are coming up 100 places across the country.
“The idea is that animal shelters are constructed in all smart cities preferably on Gochar (grazing) land or vacant/uncultivable land of the States/UTs to avoid animals are being thrown out of the cities and taken for slaughter,” he said.
The AWBI will also take up with the Chief Secretary for collection data of grazing land or Gochar and make provision for stray animals for their fodder and feed, shelter by vacating the encroached grazing land and not to use it for any other purpose in order to implement the order of the Supreme Court in this regards.
‘cow shelter a must for smart cities’
Animal Welfare Board of India on Thursday said a committee will check those young animals are not killed in slaughter-houses
It asked the states to ensure there is adequate ‘Gochar’ or grazing land within their planned or smart cities.
The AWBI also said it will drag the respective state governments to the court if they fail to comply with its advisories