Jayanthi Natarajan: Save the Animal Welfare Bill from Vested Interests
The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has drafted a very strong Animal Welfare Bill that will effectively combat cruelty towards animals. The bill has enhanced penalties to deter torture and inhumane treatement of animals.
However, this strong bill is at risk because vested interests are trying to bring in a watered down bill that will harm animal welfare rather than safeguard it.
Animal rights workers across the country are behind the strong bill as proposed by the AWBI.
We call on Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests to support the bill as proposed by the AWBI and ensure that there is no watering down of any of the clauses in this bill.
As Mahatama Gandhi said "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated"
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