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Though a few non-governmental organisations are actively involved in rescuing the smuggled cattle, they face a lot of problems, right from filing complaints in police stations to fighting cases in court. The cattle are being released without their knowledge. The proposed committee would look into the post-seizure problems faced by the service organisations, and help them keep the cattle safely, said Ms. Gupta.
On annual allocation of funds for animal welfare activities, she said the Ministry provided Rs. 18 crores-20 crores, of which a major portion was being given as grant for the organisations.
About today's meeting with animal welfare forums, Ms. Gupta said most of them wanted the grants increased. For example, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Chennai, wanted one more ambulance to step up its activities. Complaints of large-scale animal sacrifice taking place in the State also came to light. Ms. Gupta said plans were afoot to set up a small group to look into the problem needs. She also visited the Jaigopal Garodia Jeenendra People for Animals Hospital and Shelter for Animals, Red Hills, and the Blue Cross shelter at Velachery here.
After the meeting, some of the city-based NGOs felt that the board contribution towards animal welfare was not adequate. The campaign against trafficking in cattle was fought by a few NGOs and the board had done little to support or assist them in punishing the offenders, they complained.
Our Madurai Staff Reporter reports:
Sixty head of cattle being transported to Kerala in two lorries was rescued by the Seithur Rural police near Rajapalayam today.
The trucks, carrying the cattle, including buffaloes, cows and oxen, were intercepted by a police team and the drivers, R. Raja (23) of Alanganallur, Madurai, and L. Govindraj (43) of Thanjavur, were arrested and remanded.
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