HC demands report from Punjab on work of animal rights groups

The report has been requested with respect to the establishment of SPCAs in the districts of Bathinda, Fazilka, Barnala, Kapurthala, Faridkot, Ludhiana and Mansa as of the adjourned date. The instructions came at the request of Mowgli Aid Animal Welfare Society, an NGO

Chandigarh: The High Court has ordered the Punjab government to submit a report by July 26 on the functioning of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in various districts in the state.

The report has been requested with respect to the establishment of SPCAs in the districts of Bathinda, Fazilka, Barnala, Kapurthala, Faridkot, Ludhiana and Mansa as of the adjourned date. The instructions came at the request of Mowgli Aid Animal Welfare Society, an NGO.

The plea alleged the authorities’ failure to allocate/provide adequate land and other facilities to SPCAs for the purpose of constructing infirmaries and animal shelters in these districts as required by the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Establishment and Regulation of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Rules, 2001.

Earlier, the High Court had requested a similar report regarding Mohali district.

According to NGO lawyer Anurag Chopra, more than 20 years have passed since the rules were issued, but state authorities have not established SPCAs in the districts, nor have they provided full-time veterinarian and other staff for efficient operations and maintenance. such shelters.

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