The Odisha government has decided to intensify highway patrolling after identifying five districts as major cattle transport corridors.
Cattle are being transported to West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana through Odisha’s Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Rayagada and Koraput districts.
During a recent inspection by a team of the Animal Welfare Board of India, it was decided that the Home and Commerce departments would set up police check posts at major entry points along the inter-State border, create control rooms to receive complaints regarding illegal trafficking or movement of cattle and raise awareness on animal welfare laws.
Odisha has also enacted the Orissa Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1960, in order to prohibit illegal slaughter of cows.
According to the team, although cow slaughter is banned under the Act, effective steps should be taken to stop killing of cows on festive occasions in the State.
The police were asked to ensure that Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Transport of Animal on Foot) Rules-2001 was complied with. “There is a provision of veterinary doctors certifying that each animal transported is in fit condition and not suffering from infectious, contagious, parasitic diseases and has been vaccinated against such diseases,” the inspection team said.
The meeting resolved to follow Standard Operating Procedure issued by the Director General of Police. The SOP says one police officer of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police is to be appointed as the nodal officer.