The Delhi government’s first policy on animal welfare has come up with some of the measures to recommends birth control of monkeys, sterilisation of stray dogs and electronic chips to identify owners of deserted pets and cattle.
In a meeting, attended by Development Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday, it was proposed that a cowshed at Ghumanhera where cows will be kept along with elderly people in a unique coexistence.
“There was no such policy before to consider the animal welfare in entirety covering issuing like menace caused by monkeys and stray dogs. We aim to keep this policy open ended so that it is updated from time to time,” Rai told reporters after a meeting with department officials, animal welfare groups and veterinary experts.
The policy suggests tagging pets and cattle with electronic chips so that their owners could be identified and further steps could be taken, the minister said.
The policy draft provides for undertaking monkey birth control programme under animal birth control (ABC) initiatives. It observes that sterilisation of stray dogs under the ABC programme in Delhi through NGOs is not as per expectations. “It should be further re-evaluated for its shortcomings and necessary measures should be taken to strengthen it,” says the policy draft.
Strengthening infrastructure through a network of veterinary hospitals, polyclinics, aviaries, helpline for distressed animal and birds and ambulance service are other measures that the policy recommends.
A veterinary hospital that will be operational round the clock will be inaugurated at Tis Hazari on January 16. It has been suggested that the Animal Husbandry unit of Development Department should be named as Animal Health and Welfare Department, Rai said.
Setting up 12 check posts and quarantine facilites at the borders of Delhi are part of the policy.