By-laws likely to be framed soon to check cattle and pig rearing without licence

Tiruchi Corporation is likely to frame by-laws restricting rearing of pigs and cows within the city limits.

The move comes in the wake of repeated demands from a cross-section of elected representatives of the corporation council and also from service organisations to check the stray cattle and pig menace in the city.

The issue also dominated the proceedings at the previous council meeting after a couple of councillors raised concerns over a woman being gored by a stray cow in the city. Corporation Commissioner V.P.Thandapani, in his response, had said a resolution could be adopted at the council regulating rearing of cattle in the city and prohibiting the same in certain parts.

A few councillors also referred to an incident when a councillor had “forcibly released” the cattle that were impounded and detained at the corporation office a few years ago. Mr.Thandapani had sought the cooperation of councillors and requested them not to interfere if officials impounded the animals.

In a follow up action, a proposal to frame by-laws to restrict rearing of pigs and cows in the city is to be placed before the corporation council at its next meeting.

It has been suggested that a committee comprising councillors of all parties represented in the council and officials be formed to frame the by-laws.

Sources in the corporation point out that there are provisions to grant licence and ban rearing pigs or cows, in a manner endangering public health, under the Tamil Nadu Animals and Birds (Control and Regulation) Act 1997. Besides, the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act lays down that steps should be taken to prevent any hazard posed to public health by animals.

A recent survey, the sources said, had revealed that about 25 persons were engaged in rearing about 1,750 pigs and 329 persons were engaged in rearing about 1,760 cows in the city.

Official resolutions, to be tabled at the council, proposes a ban on rearing pigs and cows without licence in the 65 wards in the city on the grounds of maintaining public health.

Applications seeking licence for rearing pigs and cows would be considered based on the advice of the animal husbandry department so as to ensure that they did not pose any threat to public health.

Stray pigs found roaming in the city could be impounded and auctioned. Owners of stray cattle would attract a penalty and later criminal action. It has also been suggested that action be initiated against those rearing pigs and cows without licence in the city under the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Animals and Birds (Control and Regulation) Act 1997.

As per Sec. 19 (2) (a), violators of the provisions of the Act could be sentenced to three-year imprisonment or imposed a penalty of Rs.5,000 or both.