|Animal Husbandry Deptt appeals public for providing food, water to stray animals|
|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Mar 30: The Department of Animal Husbandry Jammu, today appealed the general public to be kind to animals and birds near their surroundings by providing food and water to them so as to minimize the sufferings of these speechless at this moment of crisis. In view of complete lockdown to contain spread of COVID- 19 pandemic, the street animals and birds are worst sufferers for want of food and water. Besides, there are reports that fearing infection of CORONA virus, many pet owners are abandoning their pets to stray without food, water and shelter. The closure of food /eat points during lockdown may also result in starvation /death of stray animals and birds in large numbers which later may pose greater health issues to the humans. The stray animals and birds need to be provided with care, food and water to mitigate their sufferings. The general public is also informed that cruelty to animals is an offence under Section 3, Section 11(1) of prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and also that WHO has clarified that dogs and cats are not involved in spreading infection of Corona virus.