Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has locked horns with the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), accusing it of being lax in enforcement of rules that specify how wild animals can be depicted in films and
About Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI):
- The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), headquartered at Ballabhgarh in Haryana state, is a statutory advisory body advising the Government of India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
- The Animal Welfare Board of India was established in 1962 under Section 4 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,1960.
- Well-known humanitarian Rukmini Devi Arundale was instrumental in setting up the board and was its first chair.
- The board is India’s apex body for ensuring that animals are not mistreated.
- Tigers, monkeys, lions, bears, panthers (including leopards) are banned from being exhibited under Section 22 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960:
- The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is an Act of the Parliament of India enacted in 1960 to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals and to amend the laws relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals.
- But it states that nothing contained in this Act shall render it an offence to kill any animal in a manner required by the religion of any community.
About Hoolock Gibbon:
- The hoolock gibbons are three primate species of genus Hoolock in the gibbon family, native to eastern Bangladesh, Northeast India and Southwest China.
- In northeast India, the hoolock is found south of Brahmaputra and east of the Dibang Rivers.
- IUCN status is Endangered.