Central Government notified the Animal Birth Control Rules, 2023

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On April 18, thecentral government notified the Animal Birth Control Rules, 2023 and the rules aim to address the Supreme Court guidelines in a writ petition by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and People for Elimination of Stray Troubles.

An Overview of the News

  • The Supreme Court has specifically mentioned that transfer of dogs cannot be allowed.

  • Under the new rules, local bodies including municipalities, municipal corporations and panchayats are responsible for carrying out the Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme.

  • The ABC program aims to sterilise and vaccinate stray dogs, reduce their population, and address animal welfare issues.

  • The rules provide guidelines on how to handle conflicts between humans and stray dogs without relocating the dogs.

  • ABC programs should be conducted by AWBI accredited organisations specifically recognized for this purpose.

  • The list of such organisations will be available on the website of AWBI and will be updated regularly.

About Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI)

  • It is a statutory advisory body that provides guidance to the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India.

  • AWBI is headquartered in Ballabgarh, Haryana, and was earlier located in Chennai.

  • As an advisory body, AWBI plays an important role in shaping policies related to animal welfare in India.

  • AWBI was established under the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 with the objective of preventing cruelty to animals and promoting their welfare.

  • The Board consists of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and a number of other members who are appointed by the Government of India.

  • Some of the major functions of the AWBI include conducting research on animal welfare, creating awareness about animal rights, and monitoring the use of animals in animal-related activities such as transportation, slaughter, and entertainment.

Founder -Rukmini Devi Arundale

Established - 1962

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