Dharamsala: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today that his government was considering reconstitution and strengthening of the State Animal Welfare Board, implementation of the Animal Cruelty Act and exploring the possibilities of linking the enumeration and registration programme of domestic animals with the National Rural Employment Guarantee Assurance Scheme.
Presiding over the state level meeting convened to formulate future plan for development of ‘Gau Sadans’ in association with the NGOs and charitable trusts. in different parts of the state said that the Animal Welfare Board constituted to cater to the welfare needs of the animals would be reconstituted at state level very shortly followed by its branches at all the district headquarters to cater to the animal welfare activities of the respective areas.
He said that the Board would act as the facilitator to protect the domestic animals from cruelty and abandonment etc. He said that domestic animals, especially cows, were considered the holy animal and religiously attached to the devotees sentiments. He said that it had been observed that some people were abandoning their domestic animals on finding them useless, which was a practice contrary to the high religious sentiments of the country. He said that the state government had started enumeration of all the domestic animals in the state and every enumerated animal was being tattooed with specific identification mark to ascertain its belongingness.