TN govt forms committee for proper care of temple animals
Acceding to demands of animal rights activist on proper upkeep of animals given to temples in Tamil Nadu, the government formed a state-level committee.
When a PIL on the matter came up for hearing before the first bench of the Madras high court, the government said the state level committee was formed as per a GO dated July 20. District-level committees, however, will take some more time, it said, adding that they would be notified in two months.
The issue of forming the committee had been brought before the court by a PIL filed by Radha Rajan who wanted the government to formulate a comprehensive scheme for the upkeep of animals donated to temples. She also wanted the court to order formation of a monitoring committee to supervise implementation of the scheme.Highlighting the issue of goshalas which house cows donated to temples, she said cows and calves were severely malnourished, and carcasses were buried on temple premises in Tiruvannamalai.
In August 2015, the first bench cautioned the HR&CE department for filing photoshopped pictures, apparently in a bid to show all was well with goshalas in temples.
The court had also threatened to put the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) directly in charge of protection and care animals.
dinathanthi newspaper 24/07/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx