More support for disaster struck animals in Maharashtra

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 18:30 administrator
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Animal protectionWorld Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the Department of Animal Husbandry in Maharashtra join hands.

 

New Delhi. As summer temperatures rise, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the Department of Animal Husbandry in Maharashtra are jointly working to further expand support for drought-affected livestock in the districts of Jalna and Beed. The state is currently experiencing its worst drought in 40 years and WSPA is providing shelter and feed for 9000 cattle and buffaloes required for dairy and agriculture purposes.

Four months into its disaster relief efforts, WSPA is developing a village disaster management plan and preparing to undertake specialised training with local NGO representatives to help them manage animals in drought cattle camps. The plans and training will help local animals and communities cope not only with the current extreme conditions but also help them better prepare for future disasters.

A geo-referenced database system (GIS) is another project WSPA is hoping to work on with the local authorities. It would result in a more organised and effective disaster response over a period of time.

Till date, WSPA has set-up three cattle camps, which have as successful models for the State Government to replicate in 36 other camps in the district and eventually across 400 state cattle camps in Maharashtra. The roll out of the model has the potential to help 400,000 cattle and buffaloes as well as the livelihoods of the people who depend on them.