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Amendment to the Law for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Ministry of the Union invites suggestions from the public | India News


CHENNAI: Every day cases of cruelty to animals are reported across the country. But perpetrators often escape unscathed as the penalty for a first-time offender is Rs 50 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act 1960.
Animal welfare activists have tried for decades to amend the law and press for tougher penalties. And now the general public also has a chance to comment on the issues. The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and the Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy are accepting suggestions from the public.
“On April 15, the Ministry of Agriculture held a webinar inviting interested parties to discuss the amendments to the 1960 PCA Act,” said Chinny Krishna, Co-Founder of Blue Cross of India and former Vice President AWBI, adding that since 1996 AWBI had been recommending changes to the PCA Act to the government.
“The Board drafted an animal welfare bill and submitted it to the MoEF in 2010,” Krishna said.
According to the bill, the fines are high and prison sentences are also included for those convicted of cruelty to animals. “The penalties are substantially higher, with fines ranging from 50,000 rupees and more,” says Krishna. It also prohibits the sacrifice of animals and makes the five freedoms the basis of the new law.
The Federation of Animal Protection Organizations of India (FIAPO) had also carried out a “No More 50” campaign. “About 150 MPs also raised questions about why the law has not been amended,” says Krishna.
After the stakeholder meeting, the ministry has invited everyone to receive suggestions on the proposed amendments. “This is an opportunity for people to speak up,” says Sathya Radhakrishnan, BCI’s honorary assistant secretary. “You can email your suggestions to [email protected]
The deadline for the public or any other interested party to submit their suggestions is April 25, 2021, says an AWBI spokesperson. “These suggestions will be considered before the bill is drafted and presented to parliament.”

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