Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2328
TO BE ANSWERED ON 08.08.2016
Review of PCA Act

2328. Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether there is a need to review the provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, especially those pertaining to definitions of cruelty and the punitive measures prescribed;
(b) whether the Ministry intends to review the draft amendments to the Act, received in 2011;
(c) if so, the details thereof, including the timeline and the road map for the same; and
(d) if not, the reasons therefor?

Answer
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
(SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)

(a) Government regularly reviews the implementation of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960 in order to strengthen its provisions including those relating to definition of cruelty and the punitive measures and achieve the objectives of the Act.

(b)& (c) Government has received proposal from the Animal Welfare Board of India for amendment of the PCA Act in this regard and has conducted consultations with various stakeholders on the necessity and scope of such amendments. Such consultations are at an advanced stage. Proposals for amendments are submitted to the legislature after such consultations are concluded. Hence, no time frame in this regard is available at present.

(d)Question does not arise.