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Support Stronger Animal Protection Laws

Promising news for animals! The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) had formulated a draft Animal Welfare Act, 2011, and submitted it to the Ministry of Environment and Forests to replace the outdated Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

Currently, the penalty for cruelty to animals is between 10 to 50 rupees for the first offence, which may go up to 100 rupees for a subsequent offence or up to three months in prison. The new proposed Animal Welfare Act, 2011, if passed, would result in the penalty for cruelty to animals being at least between 10,000 and 25,000 rupees or imprisonment for up to two years – or both – for a first offence. For a subsequent offence, the penalty would be between 50,000 rupees and one lakh rupees and imprisonment for one to three years.

Additionally, the Ministry is considering the draft Pet Shop Rules and other proposed legislation designed to protect animals. Even though these proposed legislative improvements for animal welfare are basic, those who profit from the use of animals are fighting against even these modest proposals.

You Can Help
Please write to the Minister of Environment and Forests. Thank the Ministry for proposing stronger animal protection and urge it to pass the AWBI's draft Animal Welfare Act, 2011, the draft Pet Shop Rules and other proposed legislation designed to protect animals.

Send this message to:

 

    Jayanthi Natarajan
   Ministry of Enviornment and forests
    Jayanthi N
   Mr. Veerappa Moily
 
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