Goa paves the way for better Animal Health and Welfare policies

Goa paves the way for better Animal Health and Welfare policies

In 2012, a national conference was organized in Goa by the All India Federation of Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO). During the event, late Manohar Parrikar, the chief Minister back then, had informed the gathering that he would make Goa an exemplary state in matters concerning animal welfare in 10 years.
On September 8 this year, the Animal Health and Welfare Policy drafted by the Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services for 2020-2025 was approved by the Government of Goa. Goa is the second state to adopt this policy – Delhi adopted it first.
A commendable fact about the policy is that the document was prepared after wide consultation. For the first time in history, NGOs were also given an opportunity to contribute to inputs, apart from heads of stakeholder departments and bureaucrats. NGOs have expressed their concern about the welfare of stray animals, ranging from dogs to cows. A representative from the NGO sector was part of the drafting committee.
The policy has provisions for the improvement of the production potential of animals as well as for the establishment of mechanisms to provide care to abandoned animals. The policy signals a fresh start where the society treats animals more humanely.

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