28 Feb 2023

Animal Welfare progress in India

2nd ISAE Workshop

ISAE, the International Society for Applied Ethology organized it second workshop dedicated to Animal welfare progress in India at CSIR-IGIB (South Campus, Mathura Road) in New Delhi on 28 January. The event was held in hybrid format and welcomed a total of 260 registrants.

Dr. Souvik Maiti, Director CSIR-IGIB gave me the welcome address and Dr. Vijay Pal Singh the introducing to the program which was split in two sessions (Welfare assessment, education and one welfare and Natural behavior of native livestock species and their welfare) and had 11 speakers. 

Highlights from the Workshop:

Dr. Sujit Dutta, joint Commissioner for NLM & Secretary for AWBI gave an introduction about Initiatives of Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) for promoting animal welfare. Under this topic he talked about freedom and rights of animals. He explained various laws, acts and penalties that are made for animal welfare by AWBI. Being a member secretary of Committee for the purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA), he explained about the aim of CPCSEA which is to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on laboratory animals. He also encouraged people to become a member of IAEC (Institutional Animals Ethics Committee).

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is well know because of its distance learning programs. Dr. Sasidhar highlighted the Animal Welfare Education in Open and Distance Learning. He gave a brief explanation about the course PG Diploma in animal welfare which is running at IGNOU. He encouraged the audience to enroll in this course by telling about programme objectives & programme structure in detail.

Dr. Vinod Scaria talked about Genomics and informatics for understanding outbreaks. He talked about accelerated advances in genomics.Told the audience about the importance of sequencing data to deal with pandemics by predicting in pandemics in advance. We scheduled a visit to a zebra fish and genome sequencing facility under the supervision of Dr. Vinod Scaria.