Govt. to reconstitute Animal Welfare Board

While presiding over the State Level Meeting convened to formulate future plan for development of ‘Gau Sadans’ inProf. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, said that the government was considering reconstitution and strengthening of the State Animal Welfare Board, implementation of the Animal Cruelty Act vigorously and exploring the possibilities of linking the enumeration and registration programme of the domestic animals with the National Rural Employment Guarantee Assurance Scheme.

CM said that protection of the domestic animals was the responsibility of their owners and their abandonment would be viewed seriously by the authorities.

Chief Minister said that the state government would be extending all cooperation and help to the NGOs and Charitable Trusts for setting up of more ‘Gau Sadans’ all over the state.

CM informed that 13,144 stray animals had been enumerated all over the state abandoned by their owners. There were 42 ‘Gau Sadans’ in the state which included 3 in government and 39 in private control, operated by NGOs and charitable trusts, having capacity for housing about 8,500 stray animals.

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