NAGPUR: In the absence of Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in the districts of Vidarbha, the new rules announced by the environment ministry banning sale of cattle for slaughter at markets cannot be implemented in full force.
The rules, called the Regulation of Livestock Market Rules, which are framed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act of 1960, bans sale of cows and buffaloes for slaughtering through animal markets.
It further mandates constitution of a district animal market monitoring committee headed by district collector for regulation of animal markets. Another animal market committee for the managements of animal markets in the district is also compulsory.
In both the committees, representation of SPCA is a must. But since there are no SPCAs in the region, these committees cannot be constituted until the society is formed.
The ministry has simultaneously issued Care and Maintenance of Case Property Animals Rules under PCA Act. Under these rules too, SPCA members have been given important roles like having custody of the seized animals and taking undertaking that the adopted cattle is used only for agricultural purposes and not slaughtering.
Though pinjrapoles and gaushalas can also do the job, they are already over-burdened and are poorly managed in the region. “In such a situation, constituting SPCA is the only realistic option to ensure that the new rules are implemented,” said animal activist Ankita Shah.
TOI has been repeatedly reporting that even after 17 years of Central government’s order, SPCA has not been formed in the districts of the region. TOI has reliably learnt that BJP MP Poonam Mahajan, who has been appointed as the chairperson of state animal welfare board, is likely to issue directives for formation of SPCA in every district of the state.
In March, the state government had also issued a notification to set-up the society in every district. As per the rules, the district collector will be the chairperson of the 15-member body.
On Saturday, Shah wrote to district collector Sachin Kurve and municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal, urging them to expedite effective implementation of the rules. She added that the local authorities should immediately prepare a list of animal markets operating in the region.
According to activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), there are over 50 cattle markets in different villages of the region. “The biggest cattle markets are held at Kalamna, Bhandara and Khapa on Thursdays and Sundays,” said member Jitu Kundwani.
Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/spca-must-to-regulate-cattle-mkts/articleshow/58874135.cms
Date : 20 May 2017