- The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) is a statutory advisory body on Animal Welfare Laws and promotes animal welfare in the country.
- Established in 1962 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, AWBI was started under the stewardship of Rukmini Devi Arundale, well known humanitarian.
- AWBI functions under the aegis of the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying (MoFAH&D).
- The Board advises the Central Government, States and UTs’ on the issues related to animal welfare. and best practices to prevent the unnecessary pain or suffering to animals.
- The AWBI recognizes animal welfare organizations (AWOs)/societies and provides grants-in-aid under various Central schemes.
- AWBI’s mandate is to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals, in terms of the provision of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
- The Board consists of 28 Members. The term of office of Members is for a period of 3 years.
Why in News?
- The Punjab and Haryana high court has asked the Animal Welfare Board of India to furnish details of the fund received by it and utilization of the same in monitoring the infrastructure in their respective state for the welfare of animals.