1415 SHRI NAND KUMAR SAI
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS be pleased to state :-
(a) whether the Animal Welfare Fortnight was celebrated in the recent past;
(b) if so, the details of the programme organized during the said period in various parts of the country;
(c) the details of aims and objectives thereof; and
(d) the extent to which the various programmes organized during this period have obtained their objectives in the country?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS (SHRIMATI JAYANTHI NATARAJAN)
(a) & (b) Yes, Sir. Animal Welfare Fortnight was celebrated during 14-31st January, 2012 all across the country with the participation of State Governments, State Animal Welfare Boards, Animal Husbandry Departments, Recognized Animal Welfare Organizations.
During Animal Welfare Fortnight, rallies in various states, talks for Residents Welfare Associations and school children, Anti Plastic Campaigning, Awareness Programmes, Veterinary Camps, mass Anti- Rabies Vaccination Camps, Campaign to focus on adoption of dogs, advocacy and humane education for school children, were organized.
(c) Animal Welfare Fortnight was celebrated to generate awareness about humane treatment of animals, sensitize citizens on prevention of cruelty to animals and about the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and the various rules made thereunder.
(d) Animal Welfare Fortnight celebration contribute a lot in spreading the message of respect for life of each living being, as also of human beings’ obligation to co-exist with animals and treat them with kindness and compassion.