India launches first national disaster management plan for animals

cows indiaNew Delhi, Mar.3 (ANI-Businesswire India): Today is a big day for animals, with the launch of National Livestock Disaster Management Plan by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries by Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh.

The plan for the first time ensures that animals will be included in disaster preparations, potentially saving millions of animals’ lives and building the resilience of the communities that depend on them.

The National Workshop on Management of Animals in Emergencies at the NIDM, New Delhi, saw participation from not just the Centre but also representatives from many of the state government as well.

During the two day session, the dignitaries and delegates will deliberate to identify possible solution to address the gaps and constraints faced by the various departments due to inadequate human resources on the ground, limited animal handling equipment, infrastructures to stock fodder and shelter animals, transportation of animals, carcass disposal structures, etc.

This first of its kind, the national-level workshop was jointly organized by NIDM, World Animal Protection and PPF.

At the inaugural event, Singh said “In India, animals are at the heart of everything, be it family, culture and livelihood, animals are an intrinsic part of our lives. It’s ironical that animals were missing in the picture till now.”

“In our economy, especially in rural areas, animals are extremely important. Hence, putting focus on animal rescue during disasters becomes crucial from economic viewpoint. Animals are the assets of the nation and it is our foremost duty to protect them.”

He also added, “I am happy to share that NDRF is now being trained to rescue animals along with people during disasters. And I would like to congratulate NIDM and partnering stakeholders World Animal Protection and PPF for this landmark achievement. It’s an honour to be a part of this milestone.”

He assured that the Government would incorporate as many inputs and suggestion possible to bring in animals into the heart of disaster management. To read more click here.

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