Bhubaneswar:27/10 The Animal Welfare Board of India, a body under the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, has nominated Anil Dhir as the Honorary State Welfare Officer for Odisha.
The newly reconstituted board has appointed three State Welfare Officers and thirty District Welfare Officers.
The Animal Welfare Board of India is the nodal statutory advisory body on Animal Welfare Laws and promotes animal welfare in the country. Established in 1962 under Section 4 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, the AWBI had the responsibility of ensuring that animal welfare laws in the country are diligently followed. It also provides grants to Animal Welfare Organizations and advises the Central and State Governments on animal welfare issues. It has been the face of the animal welfare movement in the country for the last 50 years.
“The State body will soon get active and start interaction with various government agencies and the police for the proper implementation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. Odisha has a dismal record in ethical treatment for animals and the PCA Act is brazenly flouted at every level. The State has the highest extent of illegal cattle transportation, illegal slaughterhouses, poaching, man animal conflicts and trafficking in wildlife”, Dhir said.