As shared by Ms. Anjali Sharma, Board Member and Legal Advisor to the Animal Welfare Board of India, Ministry of Environment , Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.
And this is what the 5th August 2015 Delhi High Court order reads like:
As per this order, Ms. Sharma explains, ” (i) what is necessary is that the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules be implemented in letter and spirit ; & (ii) The primary responsibility of implementing the Rules is of the municipalities. (Meaning thereby that they have to fund it adequately, provide the infrastructure, etc.). Not only has the Delhi High Court Order asked the 3 municipal corporations of Delhi, & the N.D.M.C., to file status reports giving sterilization numbers, but specifically asked whether the STRAY DOGS HAVE BEEN RETURNED BACK TO THE LOCALITIES after sterilization.”
According to ABC dog rules 2001, I am of the understanding that the ABC programs should be run with the participation of volunteers and NGO. Multiple requests to successive GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation) failed to give us access. RTIs did not work either. The GHMC is the largest organisation in Telangana that has been culling dogs in the name of ABC program. Non- adherence to SOP, PCA 1960 and ABC are its policies. It is being run at the expense of tax payers, failed miserably at controlling and vaccinating stray dog population and behaves like the animal shelters are their private property. Short of taking legal action, we feel we have tried everything. Any advice from anyone please for getting volunteer access to participate and supervise the ABC program WITHIN the shelters?
Shashi – activist
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