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Plea filed in Supreme Court Seeks for the entire Animal Kingdom to be declared as “Legal Entities” for their protection [READ PIL]

Lawstreet Journal 12 Aug 2020 6:31pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Plea filed in Supreme Court Seeks for the entire Animal Kingdom to be declared as “Legal Entities” for their protection [READ PIL]

An Allahabad based NGO, People’s Charioteer Organization has approached the Supreme Court seeking inter alia, the entire animal kingdom including avian and aquatic species shall be declared as “legal entities” having a distinct persona with corresponding rights of a living person. The Public Interest Litigation is filed through Advocate Shashwat Anand and Devesh Saxena, its objective is to prevent animal cruelty by strengthening animal protection laws in the country. 

The PIL has also urged the court to declare all citizens of India as loco parentis i.e. “in place of a parent” in order to ensure the protection of animals from cruelty and abuse. The petition came after the recent shocking instances of animal cruelty including Kerala’s Elephant Tragedy. “Lately, a couple of cases of cruelty towards animals have come to light in the past few months which have raised questions as to how humans have absolutely no respect for animals’ lives and how can they can be absolutely devoid of sympathy. Such incidents have further enraged many and made one ponder as to whether the laws in existence are sufficient enough to protect animals from possible abuse and cruelty” the petition says.

The plea has referred to the decisions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Karnail Singh & Ors. vs. the State of Haryana and of the Uttarakhand High Court in Narayan Dutt Bhatt vs. UoI and Ors. in which respective courts have recognized all animals in the animal kingdom as “legal entities” and all citizens of these states were… Continue Reading...

Tagged: Animal Welfare Board of India   Prevention of cruelty to animals  
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