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New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government Monday told all states to ensure that medical help for animals is treated as an essential service, which does not get suspended during COVID-19 lockdowns across the country.

While several states announced lockdowns Sunday in a bid to arrest the spread of the deadly disease in India, they did not include veterinary services in the list of essential services that would be exempt under it.

In a letter addressed to all chief secretaries dated 23 March, the Centre said, “It is requested that veterinary hospitals and dispensaries in the state, including private veterinary clinics, veterinary pathologies, animal shelters etc. function in the normal course and the veterinary services be considered in the list of ‘Essential Services’.”

The letter, written by the joint secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Upamanyu Basu said, “It is necessary to ensure continuous emergency services in the animal husbandry and veterinary sector, especially in emergent animal health issues situations.

“These May include but are not restricted to, emergency services like disease diagnosis and treatment, monitoring of any emergency livestock and poultry diseases, immediate disease reporting, etc.”

However, the government has urged veterinarians and other related officials to ensure strict personal hygiene and avoid public gatherings.

‘Animals and birds should not suffer during lockdown’

On the same day, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) wrote another letter to all states emphasising that all law enforcement agencies ensure that animals and birds do not suffer due to hunger during the lockdown due to COVID-19.

“This is a valuable service consistently provided by compassionate individuals and the absence of it may cause a large number of animals and birds to suffer and die and carcasses of the dead animals and birds may further spread different diseases amongst community which will be difficult to control,” Dr O.P. Chaudhary, Director of the AWBI has written.

“The situation is quite alarming,” BJP MP Maneka Gandhi said. “In some places, food is being stopped…No animal grains and chara is being allowed to come to Haryana from UP. Even pedigree from Hyderabad is being stopped by Mumbai,” she said.

“Animals and birds cannot be allowed to starve in the country in this manner.”


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  1. If we humans will not help animals in this lockdown so who will help. animals also need food in this lockdown just feed Ur stray dogs…it’s help a lot

  2. I am trying to reach the animal helpline in Lucknow Jeev Ashriya & Kanha upwan but their helpline numbers are switched off.
    We have one v sick stray dog to be attended in our locality in Chowk.
    Kindly update if any vet facility is available who can reach us.
    Thanks

  3. We live in Hyderabad in one of the gated communities and Sunday afternoon at 1pm 20 people came and threatened us to vacant the house as we have 3 dogs and they can get us covid … we are very scared … we also have registered a police compliant but we need some more info on how to avoid this harassment

  4. My dog has a problem in one of his eye and was being treated in the mex vat hospital in New Delhi. But as I live in Modinagar of district Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, I can’t take him there for the treatment. As there is no other vaterinary eye specialist nearby. My dog is suffering as his condition was not good and was supposed have regular blood tests( his platelets were low due to tick fever). He was also required to undergo eye removal.

  5. I am a feeder in Aundh area of Pune city request all like minded people to come forward and help all street animals even if they get one meal a day it will help pls come fwd and let everyone know which areas u cud help out with

  6. Any helpline no. In nearby area of mulund? Stray dogs are starving here. Any animal welfare can feed them daily?

  7. yes sir
    but due to some communications gap with authority for poultry feed /ingredients are reaches on farm, due to lot of birds are suffering for off feed please do for best.

  8. Was one of my major concern. Look at them and the way they look at you , trying to express something which most of us humans fail to understand. It really hurts to see them struggle. Please regard them and care for them. I do.

  9. Thanks a lot Modiji for your concern for the voiceless. But there need to be strict rules and punishments for owners and other people who abandon their pets and torture these voiceless creatures. Please please all NGOs and all the people it’s a kind request please feed the stray animals atleast once a day at this trying and hard times ,you will not run short of food., Rather you will be blessed by the Creator who has created us all. It’s a time that we all unite and show that we are real humans and have Humanity. Vets. Shelters and Volunteers please help and feed the voiceless creatures. I’ll be doing my best in my locality please do your best. Do not abuse them or illtreat them.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  10. I kept my dogs in my farm house ,i always go to feed them but the police stops me and not leave me to go.so I request to animal welfare to order the states to leave in these cases

  11. We people’s are getting everything even after Lockdown, please feed the Strays if you see somewhere. They are also the member of our society, they need your love and care.

  12. Modi ji ‘s action about the animals and birds is extremely appreciable. Lot of thanks for this kind action.

  13. It is a welcome sign that PM Modi took notice of the plight of poor voiceless animals and also realised the importance of Veterinary services in the control of various deadly communicable diseases. No doubt the Veterinary fraternity will live upto the PM”s expectations at this hour of crisis. In this context, it would be reasonably sensible to
    start ascertaining the status of Vets as professionally qualified Doctors who treat animals (which can communicate deadly diseases to humans), using their knowledge of both Allopathic and Herbal medicines depending on the situation.
    The risk of exposure to deadly Zoonotic ( communicable) diseases like Rabies, Anthrax , Tetanus, Glanders, Brucellosis (to some extent), etc., is much more to Vets than to Human
    Docs. Realising this fact, the erstwhile ‘Nizam Nawab of Hyderabad Deccan’ treated Vets on par with General Physicians for all practical purposes in all aspects ( which includes Salary/Pay and other Perks). Even our Honorable High/ Supreme court’s in their recent judgements / orders directed the State governments to treat Vets on par with Allopathic Doctors for the purpose of implementing Central Pay Commission’s Recommendations starting from-2006 and extend all monetary and promotion benefits.
    Hope all the State governments in our country would follow the Hon. Courts order in letter and spirit and strictly implement the orders of the Highest Courts of our land. Otherwise, in a skewed
    system we may not expect great changes in healthcare sector in our country.

  14. In Tezpur, we don’t have much facilities for Animals , and neither we get help in the time needed, Many street dogs are craving for foods it’s really sad that we are not able to do much , and above that the rumour of covid-19 spreading to Dogs has made many owners loss there home , I came across the pic of a pet (lab) whose owner poured boiling water and left him to die, it’s an urge to the government to please make strict rules against all this behaviours , we humans are really out of humanity, just because these animals cannot speak you can’t treat them this way. whoever is going through my post today , it’s a request that please make extra food to those Animals too who are out in the streets. A little amount of food won’t cost much. Save the nature, and it’s childrens too. Stay safe and be at ur home and enjoy Mother earths beauty

  15. Even in normal days no ngo come forward to help animals injured with accident how can one expect for reponse from ngos in these disturbed times
    In this time of crises my concern is how these animal feed themselves when all the dhabas resturants and small eatries and meat shops are closed

  16. Our group PFA CBE UNIT- Ii is rushing everywhere for animals n birds help.
    Connecting the cases with their requirements. To their officers

  17. In Pune, I found a stray cat today morning who had met with an accident and was seriously injured. I tried contacting several NGOs, however, none of them were functioning. I took the cat to a local vet, however, the cat needed hospitalization. This is the plight of animals in our country.

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