PETA closing unauthorized animal rescue centers
Official told to submit reports on the condition of the zoos and wildlife rehabilitation centres in State
Central Zoo Authority has recognised 15 zoos and parks in State
Zoos must get CZA recognition for carrying out their activity
INADEQUATE: Animals go through pain owing to poor infrastructure in unauthorised shelters.
In its petition before the Supreme Court, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has charged that poor infrastructure in unauthorised shelters and zoos has led to unnecessary pain and suffering of animals housed in them. PETA has sought the closure of all unrecognised zoos and unauthorised rescue and rehabilitation centres.
According to the petition filed in 2006 and pending before the Supreme Court, the Wildlife Protection Act makes it mandatory for zoos and those involved in rescue and rehabilitation of animals to get recognition from the CZA for legally carrying out their activity. The CZA, which regulates and supervises the establishment and management, stipulates inter alia the replication of the natural habitat and maintenance of hygienic conditions.
In Karnataka, the CZA recognises 15 zoos and parks. These include the
The CZA has withheld the applications filed by the PFA, the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Bannerghatta run by Compassion Unlimited Plus Action, Karuna Animal Shelter Cum Rescue Home and Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Trust, the petition stated.
The CZA has asked the rescue centres to comply with certain conditions.
These include appropriate housing and veterinary facilities, a collection plan and submission of annual inventory report to the CZA about the births, deaths, acquisitions and disposal of wild animals.
In a follow-up to the petition the Karnataka Forest Department has directed its Deputy Conservator of Forests to submit reports on the condition of the zoos and wildlife rehabilitation centres.