Animal Welfare Board of India

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The headquarters of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has been shifted from Chennai to Haryana’s Ballabhgarh for “better coordination” between the environment ministry and the board.



About AWBI

It is a statutory advisory body on Animal Welfare Laws and promotes animal welfare in the country.  It was established in 1962 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

The Animal Welfare Board of India was started under the stewardship of Late Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale, well known humanitarian.

From ensuring that animal welfare laws in the country are diligently followed, to provide grants to Animal Welfare Organizations and advising the Government of India on animal welfare issues, the Board has been the face of the animal welfare movement in the country for the last 50 years.

The Board consists of 28 Members. The term of office of Members is for a period of 3 years.

Rule 3 of the Animal Welfare Board (Administrative) Rules, 1962 reads as ‘The Headquarter of the Board shall be at New Delhi or at such other place as the central government, may, after consultation with the Board direct”


Source-Indian Express.