the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations, voice of the animal protection movement in India

the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations, voice of the animal protection movement in India

the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), India's apex animal protection agency. As the collective voice of the animal protection movement in India, FIAPO is the catalyst that protects the interests of animals on local and national levels - through education, research, lobbying, mobilization, training and direct action. It has 130 members and over 200 supporter organizations across the country.

This is regarding an NGO Bhindi Rishi Pashu Kalyan Samitiwho are notorious for getting ABC tenders in several cities like Chandigarh, Hoshiyarpur, Udaipur and other cities without having proper infrastructure as per the Animal Birth Control (ABC) Rules.
This NGO has taken ABC tenders in Chandigarh, in addition to other cities, and have got the tender in Udaipur however the ABC program is not yet commenced in Udaipur and is likely to commence soon.

We want to bring to your notice the true picture and scenario of the NGO. It has come to the light that dogs in their ABC centre are not being treated as per Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001,on the contrary they are being treated with cruelty. After the operation it has been seen that intestines of the operated dogs were coming out, moreover these surgeries are taking place in the absence of anyveterinary doctor in the centre. Several complaints of severe cruelty and negligence against them has been filed in Chandigarh and Hoshiyarpur where they had been doing ABC project.

Now the said NGO has received ABC tender in Udaipur for which they have no infrastructure to sterilise the dogs , hence this tender is against Animal Welfare Board of India guidelines which states mandatory infrastructure requirement and ABC Rules. The AWBI has written twice to the Udaipur Commissioner for an investigation to be done with no results.

Attached with this complaint are two newspaper clippings as well as the letter of AWBI has sent to the UMC Commissioner against the said NGO

The relevant provision of law in relation to dogs is as below-
1. Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001
Section 7(3): “All the dogs caught will be tagged for identification purposes and to ensure that the dogs are released in the same area after sterilization and vaccination”.
Section 7(5): “While the dogs are being captured in any locality the representative of the local authority or of the animal welfare organization accompanying the dog squad will make announcements on a public address system that dogs are being captured from the area for the purpose of sterilization and immunization and will be released in the same area after sterilization and immunization.”
Section 7(6): “On reaching the dog pounds all the dogs shall be examined by the veterinarians and healthy and sick dogs should be segregated. Sick dogs should be given proper treatment in the hospitals run by Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)/other institutions and only after they are treated they should be sterilized and vaccinated. The dogs will be sterilized/vaccinated under the supervision of the veterinarians of the hospital run by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Animal Welfare Organization or other dog shelters. After necessary period of follow up, the dogs shall be released at the same place or locality from where they were captured and the date, time and place of their release shall be recorded.”

It is pertinent to mention herein that none of the above rules are being followed by Bhindi Rishi Pashu Kalyan Samiti Right and violating the said Rules.

Further the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act makes mutilating, torturing, or treating animal subject to unnecessary pain or suffering any animal including street dogs an offence punishable with 3months of imprisonment with fine.
ABC Rules strike a balance between the need to control the population of stray dogs and reduce incidents of dog bites and rabies, while also ensuring the compassion which is required to be shown to animals under Article 51A(g) of constitution of India.
The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Animal Welfare Board of India v. People for the Elimination of Stray Troubles, [SLP 691 of 2009] in its order dated 18th November 2015 held that: “All the State municipal corporations, municipal committees, district boards and local bodies shall be guided by the Act and the Rules and it is the duty and obligation of the Animal welfare Board to see that they are followed with seriousness. It is also the duty of all the municipal corporations to provide infrastructure as mandated in the statute and rules. Once that is done, we are disposed to think for the present that a balance between compassion to dogs and lives of human being, which is appositely called a glorious gift of nature, may harmoniously co-exist.” The Supreme Court also emphasised that “No innovative method or subterfuge should be adopted not to carry out the responsibility under the 1960 Act or the 2001 Rules. Any kind of laxity while carrying out statutory obligation, is not countenanced in law.”
Hence we make this complaint to you and strongly urge you to take urgent action against the NGO and cancel its tender together with its registration setting an example for other NGOs.
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