Tripura ARDD minister Santana Chakma (middle) inaugurated the two-day workshop on animal law sensitisation in Agartala on Tuesday

Agartala: The Tripura government has initiated to open animal shelter houses in all eight districts of the state under the Animal Resource Development (ARDD), said Tripura minister of social welfare, social education and animal resource development Santana Chakma in Agartala on Tuesday.

Addressing a two-day workshop on ‘Animal Law Sensitisation’ organised by Pawsome, an Agartala-based NGO, in collaboration with (ARDD) and Human Society International at Pragna Bhawan in Agartala, Chakma said, “The people are least aware of the animal laws on cruelty against them. The ARDD department has started an awareness campaigns across the state to sensitize them about the animal laws.”

Several initiatives have been taken to prevent cruelty against animals in the state and the government is in the process to set up animal shelter houses in each district of the state.

“All over the world, people are giving the least interest in animals and animal cruelty is also increasing each day. This should be stopped as soon as possible. The way we have the right to live, an animal too has the right to live,” Chakma said.

She also said that although in India there are laws it is not implementing it properly way due to less awareness over the laws.

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“Most of the people are not aware of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal act in the country, wildlife protection act 1960 and urged everyone to create more awareness regarding such Animal Laws among the people so that cruelty against animal would be stopped,” Chakma added.

Speaking in the session, director, ARDD, said the suffering of animals is immense and should not be tolerated.” It is imperative for Government officials to know and work towards animal welfare and we are glad to be a part of it,” the director said.

Meanwhile, Wrighbed Dutta, general secretary, Pawsome, said despite having some of the best animal protection laws, but lagging behind in terms of enforcement of these laws.

“The hope is to create awareness about animal laws so that police officials and other government officials can champion thorough investigation of animal cruelty and animal abuse incidents as well as illegal wildlife trade issues,” Dutta said.

Officials from Tripura police, animal resources development department, forest department, transport department, municipal corporation, Nagar panchayat, etc, were also present in the workshop.

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