India's first Centre for Animal Law has been established at the city-based NALSAR University of Law. Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi inaugurated the centre today, according to a release issued by Humane Society International (HSI). Humane Society International, India will work with NALSAR University to steer and coordinate the activities of the centre, it said. HSI-India Managing Director N G Jayasimha, who has been appointed as the honorary director of the Centre said "today is a historic day for India. We hope that the Centre for Animal Law will be the first of many institutions dedicated to the study of animal issues in India and elsewhere." The Centre will create curriculum on animal welfare laws, including developing topics for research.
It will also conduct workshops on animal laws and animal welfare issues with judicial magistrates, animal welfare advocates, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders in the government, the release added.
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