Animal Birth Control Unit

Animal Birth Control (ABC) Centre at Konakkarai in Tamil Nadu has become operational again.

Key Points

  • Animal birth control unit was opened in 2018.
  • It remained idle for several months.

About Animal Birth Control Unit

Animal Birth Control Unit comprises of five pre-operative and five post-operative wards. It has the capacity to sterilise about 30 dogs in a day.

Why unit was criticised?

Unit was criticised because lack of manpower, particularly veterinarians, resulted into the inaction of the unit. Thus, the unit was criticised by residents who were affected by stray dog menace. This civic body initially engaged veterinarians of Animal Husbandry Department to carry out sterilisation. However, doctors could not fully concentrate because they were primarily attached with the department.

How it will run now?

Tiruchi Corporation has been made operational now and will engaged a private veterinarian for the sterilisation drive.

Aim of the move

Sterilisation drive aims to check exponential growth in stray dog population.

Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001

These rules were enacted under Section 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. It seeks to reduce dog population by sterilization and minimization of stray dogs by involving animal welfare organisations, private individuals and local authorities. The rules were established to treat animals with care, compassion and in humane manner. Rule 9 and 10 of Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, focuses on controlling and killing of incurably ill, mortally wounded and rabid dogs.


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