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The Animal Welfare Division is entrusted with the implementation of the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (59 of 1960). Plan Schemes are in operation for implementation of the statutory obligations under this Act. Two statutory bodies viz, Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and Committee for the Purpose of Supervision and Control of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) have also been set up under this Act. Apart from this there is a subordinate body namely, National Institute of Animal Welfare (NIAW), Ballabhgarh, Haryana for imparting training and education on diversified subjects in Animal Welfare including animal management, behavior and ethics.

Activities relating to Animal Welfare are looked after by the Animal Welfare Division of the Ministry of Environment & Forests with the mandate to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals. To accomplish this mission a three-pronged approach has been adopted as follows:-

(i) Regulatory

The main task of the Division is to implement the various provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act(PCA), 1960. Under this Act, various rules have been framed for carrying out the purpose of the Act. Copies of PCA Act and rules made thereunder may be accessed in the Legislation section under Animal Welfare Division.

(ii) Developmental

The Division provides financial assistance through the Animal Welfare Board of India, for construction of shelter house, dispensaries etc. for stray, infirm and abandoned animals. It also gives grants for ambulance & vehicles in connection with treatment and transportation of sick, injured and rescued animals. Another major developmental programme is immunization and sterilization of stray dogs.

(iii) Educational

Workshops, seminars and conferences are organized from time to time. Newsletters of AWBI also help in dissemination of information. Information is also provided through the website of the Ministry.

Animal Welfare Division is providing financial assistance to registered NGOs/ AWOs for the welfare of animals through Animal Welfare Board of India, Chennai under following Schemes:-

Animal Welfare Board of India Plan Scheme
Scheme for Provision of Ambulance Services to Animals in Distress.
Scheme for Animal Birth Control and Immunization of stray dogs.
Scheme for Relief to Animals during Natural Calamities and unforeseen Circumstances
Scheme for Provision of Shelter Houses for looking after the animals
Composition of the Division

A Joint Secretary heads the Division. There is one Deputy Secretary, and 2 Under Secretaries. Under Animal Welfare Section there is 1 Section Officer, 1 Assistant, 1 LDC and 3 Office Assistants. Under CPCSEA there are 5 Expert Consultants, 1 Accountant, 4 Computer Operators and 3 MTS.