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FIAPO urges Centre to allocate fund in next budget for training of police dept

Hyderabad, Jan 28 (UNI) Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), India’s apex animal rights organisation, on Monday requested the centre to allocate fund in the union budget to be presented in Parliament on February 1, for training of police department on the existing animals laws and also for the welfare of the animals in the country.

With increase in the amount of cruelty cases reported every now and then, there is a need to increase and train the police personnel in respect with animals laws and the procedures, Federation Campaign coordinator Sonali Gupta said in a letter addressed to Union Minister Arun Jaitley.

To ensure effective coordination among the animal activities the police department should take an action against cruelty to animals, FIAPO requested the government to allocate funds to train the police department.

FIAPO, which is the catalyst that protects the interests and rights of animals on local and National levels- through education, research, lobbying, mobilization, networking, training and direct action, has over 199 members and over 200 supporter organisations across the country.
Funds for setting up the maintenance of Gaushalas and Pinjrapoles, the Federation said that more than 4,000 Gaushalas are functional across the country of which few are registered with the designated authorities whereas many others function on their own through charitable collections.

In its recent investigation report on Gav-Gatha’ which talks about the state of Gaushalas and conditions of animals in these Gaushalas, the Federation said that most common problems that are found in these Gaushalas include overcrowding, lack of trained staff, inadequate health facilities, the letter said, adding if there could be some budget allocation to train the personnel for better maintenance of these Gaushalas and also enhance their skills to utilize Gobar and Gaumutra to the manufacture products.

Half of the cost would be minimalized if Gauchar land or Grazing lands be developed in every district as now-a-days cattle rearing is mostly dependent on dry fodder, to enhance the quality of fodder and to increase the productivity of animals, budget should be allotted to develop grazing lands, the Federation also said in its letter.

Street animal care, the Federation said the grant available with the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) for discretion of functions and welfare of animals is completely inadequate and insufficient.

It requested to increase the funds allotted to the Board, the Federation urged.

The Federation also requested the centre to allocate budget for development of shelters across the country run Animal Birth Control Programme (ABC) to mitigate hatred against animals and minimize human-dog conflicts.

Not all dogs have rabies but the very through of dog bite petrifies the patient and his family from within. People brutally kill dogs, relocate them and use illegal and completely inhumane methods to address the conflicts, the Federation said and requested the government to invest in an integrated programe for human-dog conflict management which includes an exclusive anti-rabies vaccination program for street dogs, state level monitoring committees for the animal birth control program and setting up counseling centers for the victims of dog bites and education program for school children on dog bite prevention.

Budget for regulation of slaughterhouse, the Federation also requested that funds also be allocated to form local bodies in each state to report the suffering of animals in the illegal meat shops and slaughterhouses.

The central government must consider the quality of meat and the hygiene conditions of the meat shops that otherwise can cause tremendous health problems to the consumers.

Funds also be allotted for setting up and proper functioning of State Animal Welfare Boards, the Federation said.

Subsidies for plant-based products, according to survey conducted by FIAPO, 89.40 per cent of the population of Delhi-NCR alone is concerned about the ingredients in their food. Both animals and humans could benefit if the government would start catering to the growing need of plant based products such as Soy, Almond and coconut milk.

Currently, meat and milk producers get substantial subsidies for production and distribution. With the changing environment and health consciousness, many small scale and home growing companies are producing plant based products. If there can be budget allocated to boost the plant based business and for public awareness, it would greatly contribute to a healthier India, the Federation added.
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