ANIMAL WELFARE BOARD OF INDIA: (AWBI)
The Animal Welfare Board of India is a statutory advisory body on Animal Welfare Laws and promotes animal welfare in the country.
From ensuring that animal welfare laws in the country are diligently followed, to provide grants to Animal Welfare Organizations and advising the Government of India on animal welfare issues, the Board has been the face of the animal welfare movement in the country for the last 50 years.
The Animal Welfare Board of India was established in 1962 under Section 4 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
The Animal Welfare Board of India, the first of its kind to be established by any Government in the world.
Well-known humanitarian Rukmini Devi Arundale was instrumental in setting up the board and was its first chair.
The Board consists of 28 Members, who serve for a period of 3 years.
Its headquarters was in Chennai, which moved to Ballabhgarh of Faridabad district in Haryana state in early 2018.
The Board was initially within the jurisdiction of the Government of India’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture. In 1990, the subject of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was transferred to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate change.
To set up animals helpline to provide medical help to sick animals in every District.
- Launching of campaign against sacrifice of animals.
- To take up the cause of animals with the Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. Of India / State / UTs / Urban Development and Planning Departments for making provision of shelter/Animal hostel in all smart/metro cities preferably on Gochar land and on vacant/ uncultivable land of the States/UTs to avoid animals are being thrown out of the cities and taken for slaughter.
- To take up with the Chief Secretary / Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue for collection data of Gochar land and make provision for stray, dry animals for their fodder and feed, shelter by vacating the encroached Gochar land and not to use it for any other purpose in order to implement the order / directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court.
- Successful handling of Jallikattu event without any reported cases of cruelty.