Ever since PM Modi declared a nationwide 3-week lockdown, people have been panic-shopping and stocking up on food. But what about the stray animals who are mostly dependent on the feeders for their meals?
Since people are advised to strictly follow the lockdown protocols and not venture out of the houses, it has become difficult for feeders to feed the strays. If you are thinking they might go hungry during this period, then sweat not animal lovers, here’s a piece of good news.
Member of Parliament Maneka Gandhi announced that the Delhi government will issue passes to the feeders amid the nationwide lockdown, reported India Today. As of now, 100 passes will be distributed per district.
She took to Twitter and said:
There are 100 passes per district now. Please share and spread the word. https://t.co/mgN75bneME
— Maneka Sanjay Gandhi (@Manekagandhibjp) March 25, 2020
However, even if you aren’t able to venture out to feed the animals, Maneka Gandhi has requested the animal welfare workers to feed them during this period of lockdown.
I have requested all animal welfare workers to feed the animals during this period of a lockdown. I will be doing the same. Please allow them to do so. If there is any problem, please contact me on 08800067890. pic.twitter.com/P7yvoZCuYJ
— Maneka Sanjay Gandhi (@Manekagandhibjp) March 23, 2020
Apart from Delhi government, the governments of Assam, Himachal Pradesh, UP, Maharashtra and Rajasthan have till now agreed to issue passes to animal feeders, said Gandhi in a tweet.
Anyone with an issue while feeding can refer to this letter,do so under the govt norms,do not step out in groups or for longer
Keep dry food and bigger water bowls that sustains for longer.From the safety of our home we can help .Place food/water bowls right outside your home. pic.twitter.com/1tvrkw7oEg
— People For Animals India (@pfaindia) March 23, 2020
Moreover, since most pet shops might be locking up their animals and birds inside during this period, they might end up dying due to starvation. Hence, governments are also requested to evacuate stranded animals from pet shops. The Animal Welfare Board of India also released an advisory for the same.
Advisory from the Animal Welfare Board of India. pic.twitter.com/b0Vq9tP8IR
— Maneka Sanjay Gandhi (@Manekagandhibjp) March 24, 2020
While people are hoarding food, these homeless strays might end up starving if they aren’t fed adequately. Don’t you think all the state governments should follow suit and issue feeder passes to people? Tell us.