GANDHINAGAR: Though chief minister Vijay Rupani started his ‘Karuna Abhiyaan’ for the welfare of birds and animals, and publicised it widely, he has not shown any interest in making the State Animal Welfare Board functional, ever since it was notified in November 2013.
According to a Supreme Court of India 2008 order and government of India guidelines, all states are must have functional animal welfare boards. The mandate of an Animal Welfare Board is to prevent cruelty, suffering, and pain to all creatures. More than a decade since of the Supreme Court order (2008), the Gujarat government has not shown interest in making the board operational, despite issuing a government resolution (GR) to form it in November 2013.
State animal husbandry minister Kunvarji Bavaliya said, “The board was formed on November 30, 2013, and we have received requests calling for regular meetings of the board and making it functional. However, as members have not been appointed according to the board’s constitution, it is not functional. The process of appointing members is in progress.” The minister did not divulge a time frame for the board to be functional.”
Due to the defunct board, many key issues have not been taken up, such as the regulation of pet shops, breeding and the selling of animals etc.