Q. Are there any regulations regarding transporting animals by foot?
A. Yes. The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals (Transport of Animals on Foot) Rules, 2001 applies wherever the distance involved is 5 km or more.
- Each animal must be certified healthy by a vet in the prescribed form.
- The owner must provide first aid equipment to accompany the animals as well as make proper watering and fodder arrangements en route . Animals must be rested for 20 minutes after watering and one hour after feeding.
- No whip or stick may be used to hurry up the animals.
- No animal shall be tied by the nose or leg, only around the neck. Only two animals and only of the same size may be tied adjacent to one another using a single rope. The space between them shall be a minimum of two feet.
- No animal shall be transported on foot before sunrise or after sunset or during heavy rain or extremely dry conditions.
- Heavily pregnant, newborn, blind, emaciated, diseased and lame animals may not be taken on foot.
- Animals who are not shod e.g. goats, elephants etc. cannot be transported on foot on hard cement or metal tarred roads or rocky terrain.
- Any police officer above the rank of constable or any other person authorized by Central or State Government or AWBI can require any owner who is violating these rules to take the animals to the nearest Magistrate.