When announcing the nationwide lockdown to fight COVID-19, Hon'ble PM Shri Narendra Modi has encouraged animal lovers to take care of the animals who depend on them.
The Animal Welfare Board of India which is the authority for animal matters in India, being under Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Govt of India, has issued a notice to allow animal lovers and feeders to continue feeding the animals dependent on them as an essential service and to prevent further public health risks due to diseases caused by stray animals falling sick and dying due to starvation in absence of feeding.
The Joint Secretary, Dept of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries,Government of India has issued a circular to similar effect asking local and state authorities to ensure food supply to animals.
Hon'ble BJP MP Smt Maneka Gandhi has issued a notice stating that feeding animals should be continued as not doing so would cause death of animals leading to other public health problems.
We advise animal lovers to follow COVID-19 regulations and hygiene as directed by the local, State and Central Govts and medical experts.