• Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has locked horns with the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), accusing it of being lax in enforcement of rules that specify how wild animals can be depicted in films and television programmes.
• Ms. Gandhi, listed “blatant errors” by the AWBI subcommittee that screens applications from film-makers.
Preventing Cruelty to Animals
• The committee did not seek details of the species being used, which were required to determine whether they were protected.
• It had even allowed their depiction in scenes that could promote cruelty to animals.
• The letter cites an instance of approval given for a scene showing animal sacrifice, which is against the Supreme Court’s orders.
Depiction of Animals
• While tigers, monkeys, lions, bears, panthers (including leopards) are banned from being exhibited under Section 22 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,
• The government body has allowed their use on several occasions.
• All Indian snakes and birds except the crow are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act.
• Any certification for performance or exhibition is only possible after permission from the Chief Wildlife Warden of the relevant State.
Mains Paper 2: Governance | Mechanisms, laws, institutions & Bodies constituted for the protection & betterment of the vulnerable sections
Prelims level: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Various Permissions
Mains level: Protection of Animals rights