Chennai, Jun 10 (ILNS) The Madras High Court has directed the Husbandry Department to chalk out a holistic plan for the general treatment of stray animals in the state providing for a scientific and humane approach, even during normal times while dealing with a plea seeking necessary steps to ensure that the stray animals are provided with food and water in this COVID-19 pandemic.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy passed this order on Wednesday, while hearing a Writ Petition filed by VE Shiva.
The petition, filed under Article 226 of the Constitution for issuance of a Writ of Mandamus, directed the Respondents to take necessary steps to ensure that the stray animals are provided with food and water in this COVID-19 pandemic.
However, a letter dated June 8, 2021 has been addressed by the Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services to the Registry of the Court, indicating the various steps taken pursuant to the order dated June 3, 2021.
“It is recorded in such letter that 2500 kg of dog feed and 200 kg of cat feed had been procured and a total 500 feeders had been provided with such material to ensure the feeding of stray and abandoned animals. The second tranche of procurement is proposed to be made immediately and distributed, once the earlier material has exhausted. The report speaks of 3,536 kg wheat bran being distributed to feed 104 horses,” the Court said.
“A sum of Rs 19.79 lakh is said to be available in CSR account opened for the purpose of feeding stray and community animals. It was decided by the Committee constituted by the Court that a total sum of Rs 7.916 lakh would be used for the Greater Chennai area. A sum of Rs 11.87 lakh was required to be distributed to 14 other corporation areas.
“Though the petition was purely for the purpose of providing relief to stray animals during the period of lockdown, when scavenging opportunities in and around the urban areas decreased, the Animal Husbandry department should now chalk out a holistic plan for the general treatment of stray animals in the state, providing for a scientific and humane approach even during normal times.
“A comprehensive plan dealing with vaccinating stray dogs and cats, if necessary, or collaring them or the like should also be thought of in the best interest of both the animals and the human population that they come to contact with,” the order read. The Court has fixed the next hearing of the petition on June 14, 2021. ILNS/AP/RJ