Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI)

Dec. 8, 2022

Animal Welfare Board of India has recently issued advisories with regard to stray dogs and pet dogs.


  • AWBI is a statutory advisory body under the Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying (Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying)
  • It derives its legal structure from the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
  • It was established in 1962
  • It was started under the stewardship of Late Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale, well known humanitarian.
  • Headquarters: Chennai
  • Mandate:
    • It frames rules on how animals ought to be humanely treated everywhere.
    • It has also frequently litigated to have stricter laws to ensure animals were not unduly harassed or tortured.
  • Membership:
    • Several government organisations, along with animal rights activists and parliamentarians, are represented on the Board.
    • The Board consists of 28 Members.
    • The term of office of Members is for a period of 3 years.