It is high time for a circular from Animal
Husbandry Dept Secretary Mr Ibrahim (and also Minister Mr Prabhu Chauhan). Also, Police Department & BBMP must be copied along with AWBI and District SPCAs Suggested Circular:
“Subject : Animal Compassion & Care during Covid19
While WHO & ICMR confirms there is no evidence that Covid19 is transmitted from pet animals, yet we are a still witnessing a lot of uninformed behavior, cruelty and pressure on people with pets. We urge general population NOT to harass caretakers, pet owners or encourage them to abandon dogs - it also makes them guilty of abetting commitment of crime as below:
‘Abandoning any animal for any reason can land you in prison for up to three months. Section 11(1)(i) and Section 11(1)(j), PCA Act, 1960.’
Please note people who abandon pets can be sternly punished.
No one can be restrained from responsibly feeding animals as per today’s AWBI guidelines as well. Feeders should avoid contact, maintain social distance and try and go singly rather than in groups.
Please note we will take appropriate action against those flouting all these rules, and request public to conduct themselves with compassion towards pets & animals.
In particular, the public, as well as law enforcement personnel, are reminded of the guidelines issued by the Union Home Ministry, and the penal consequences for disrupting and/or interfering with the provision of medical care to animals under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code as well as the Nation Disaster Management Act. Any instances of contravention of the above may be reported to [ ]
We look forward to your compliance.
(Emails & WhatsApp’s sent to AH Minister Mr Chauhan, AH &VS Secretary, Mr Ibrahim AHVS Director Dr Manjunath & Commissioner Mr Natesh, gb BBMP Commr Mr Anil Kumar & Special Commissioner Mr Randeep, Police Commissioner Mr Bhaskar Rao
copy to Legal Group: Lawyers Animal Trust )