December 20, 2013
HSI/India's Animal Law Training Program
India, despite having some of the best animal protection laws in the world, is still lacking severely in the way they are enforced.
In light of the increasing number of incidents of poorly managed animal abuse cases being reported, HSI/India created a training program to equip animal welfare activists with a thorough understanding of animal welfare law and the Indian criminal justice system.
The hope is to create a pool of legally trained advocates who will champion thorough investigation of animal cruelty and animal abuse incidents as well as illegal wildlife trade issues
Topics covered at the first course, offered from Nov. 27-Dec. 1 at NALSAR University of Hyderabad, included: The Constitution of India, The Right to Information, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, The 1972 Wild (life) Protection Act of India, The 1960 Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, The Working of the Animal Welfare Board of India, Structure of the Government and Scientific Evidence in Animal Welfare Cases, among others.
The 35 participants were asked to answer questions about what they would do if they learned that conditions were bad at a slaughterhouse in their hometown or if they heard of battery cages being installed at a nearby farm, for example.
Claire Abrams, co-founder, Animal Aid, Udaipur, said, “After the workshop I am not only willing but actually looking forward to the next meeting with our District Collector to continue the battle for street dogs through the enforcement of the ABC Dog Rules, and meeting with the Inspector General of Police to have animal law posters installed in every police thana.”
Tina James, an independent activist and lawyer from Bangalore, said, “I am a lot more charged up and motivated to take animal welfare to a higher level now. Your knowledge with regard to animal welfare is overwhelming and I am extremely glad that I had the opportunity to be at the receiving end!” Take action to improve life for hens in India.