Laws relating to zoo animals
Laws relating to zoo animals are also found in The Wildlife Protection Act.
- Section 38A of the Act provides for establishment of a Central Zoo Authority by the Central Government, which has the following functions:
- specifying the minimum standards for keeping of animals inside the zoo
- recognize or derecognize zoos.
- recognize endangered species and assign responsibilities to zoos for their captive breeding, etc.
- According to Section 38 H, no zoo is allowed to function in India without recognition of the Central Zoo Authority.
- The CZA provides the guidelines that are necessary for Establishment & Scientific Management of Zoos in India. These include rules like providing sufficient area, healthcare, freedom of movement, a naturalistic environment to the animals, etc.