Staff Reporter

Tirupur: The Animal Welfare Board under Government of India is gearing up to set up Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in the district very soon.

Official sources told The Hindu that the Society would be registered under the Chairmanship of District Collector with Superintendent of Police as its vice-chairman and Joint Director of Animal Husbandry as honorary secretary. The SPCA would also have non-official members selected from different walks of life including at least two persons from Animal Welfare Organisations which were actively involved in animal welfare activities. The main function of the Society would be the implementation of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, as amended from time to time, in its letter and spirit in the district. Some of the main problems confronted in the district, according to sources, are the transportation of cattle under inhumane conditions and using elephants for begging.