The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory body under the Government of India, has written to the chief secretaries of all State governments and Union Territories to ensure the well-being of pet animals amid the Corona virus threat.
In a circular, AWBI Chairman Mr. O. P Chaudhary said that, “It was brought to the notice of the Board that the animal owners are depriving their pets of proper food, water or shelter due to the increasing threat of the virus.”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has clarified that dogs and cats are not involved in spreading infection in the current episode of coronavirus infection. “The Board has already issued an advisory to the State government sand UTs to see that the stray animals are taken care of by the local bodies as it their responsibility,” Chaudhary said.
Hence, the AWBI chief has requested the governments to create awareness about animal welfare and advise them against abandoning their pets.
Even fimstars, like Arjun Kapoor, Twinkle Khanna, Kriti Sanon, Mini Mathur and many more kind hearts, are urging their fans and followers on their Instagram feeds to continue feeding street animals, more so now, when eateries, their primary source of scavenging for food, are shut.
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Animals do NOT carry or transmit COVID-19 ! Get that straight. Human beings do. As a pet owner & animal lover it’s disturbing to see people abandoning their pets thinking they are possible carriers of the disease. Be careful and wash their paws after a walk but abandoning them so you don’t have to walk them is like walking out on a child coz it’s extra work!! The BMC has clarified the findings (see last photo). Cuddle them. Feed the ones you don’t know. They aren’t to blame for this mess❤️