*274. SHRI C. P. NARAYANAN:
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:
(a) whether Government is aware of the increase in the number of wild and domestic animals during the last two decades;
(b) whether menace of dogs, monkeys, etc. is assuming alarming proportions in many places;
(c) whether Government has chalked out a practical solution to the problem;
(d) whether a Cabinet Minister has recently advised invoking the Kerala Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act (KAPA) against anybody beating dangerous dogs, sometimes to death, when they bite old people or small children to death; and
(e) if so, the reasons therefor?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE (SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)
(a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) A statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a), (b), (c), (d) AND (e) OF THE RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. *274 REGARDING “INCREASE IN WILD AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS” BY SHRI C. P. NARAYANAN FOR REPLY ON 12.12.2016.
(a) Fluctuation in the population of animals is a natural phenomenon. Due to concerted management efforts and legislations for protection of wildlife, reports of increase in population of wild animals like tiger, rhino, elephant, lion etc. have come to the notice of the Ministry. Increase in population of domestic animals have also been reported.
(b) & (c) Under the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) rules 2001, the responsibility of managing stray dogs is vested in the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and respective municipal authorities. State Governments, like Himachal Pradesh have informed the Ministry regarding damage of property and injury to humans due to monkey attacks. Considering the request of the Government of Himachal Pradesh, the Ministry has included Rhesus Macaque in Schedule V of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.
(d) & (e) This Ministry is not aware of any such advice given by a Cabinet Minister to invoke the Kerala Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act (KAPA) against anybody beating dangerous dogs, sometimes to death, when they bite old people or small children to death.