Environment Ministry Official to Chair Animal Welfare Board of India (Download PDF)

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The Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory advisory body under the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change will now be permanently chaired by a senior MoEF official. According to a notification made public earlier this month.

 Animal Welfare Board of India

Animal Welfare Board of India

Animal Welfare Board of India

Highlights:

  • This is the first time that a government official is chairing the body and shows that the Centre wants to ensure its diktats are implemented.
  • In its 55-year history, it was always chaired by somebody outside government, such as veterinarians, animal welfare activists or retired judges.
  • It was always a stopgap arrangement during the dissolution of the Board’s tenure.
  • It has also frequently litigated to have stricter laws to ensure animals were not unduly harassed or tortured.
  • Several government organisations, along with animal rights activists and parliamentarians, are represented on the Board.
  • There have been other incidents where AWBI and ministry were in disagreement.
  • Differences between AWBI and MoEFCC, especially on the conduct of the Jallikattu.
  • Central Government exerted its primacy in the management of the organisation.

About Animal Welfare Board of India:

  • It is a statutory advisory body advising the Government.
  • It frames a range of rules on how animals ought to be humanely treated everywhere.
  • It has also frequently litigated to have stricter laws to ensure animals were not unduly harassed or tortured.
  • Initially it was within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Functions:

Function of Animal Welfare Board of India

Function of Animal Welfare Board of India

Function of Animal Welfare Board of India

- Published/Last Modified on: April 2, 2017

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