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Bombay HC: Police Should Not Stop Vehicles carrying Pets, Sick Animals to Vets

Lawstreet Journal 12 May 2020 7:54pm

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On Friday (May 8th, 2020) the Bombay High Court directed the state government to pass clear instructions to the police and administration to not stop pet taxis or ambulances from ferrying sick animals to and fro from the veterinarian. The HC order also sought the clarity from the state on whether pet owners can take their pets for a walk during the lockdown. 

Justice SC Gupte heard the arguments via video conferencing in response to Public Interest Litigation filed by Vineeta Tandon - an animal activist from Pune who contended that due to the pandemic, police authorities have been arbitrarily stopping citizens carrying their pets, specifically dogs on walks. 

The lawyer on behalf of the petitioner- Harshwardhan Bhende argued that the police administration has given clear instructions to the housing societies to not allow and rather stop residents from taking their pets for walks. He also remarked that ambulances or pet taxis operated by NGOs and others to ferry animals from their shelters to the vet clinics and back are being arbitrarily stopped and have been obstructed by the police administration. 

The Animal Welfare Board of India known as the (AWBI) has also issued requisitions to the state DGP’s to allow people to take their dogs and pets for a walk as a measure of prevention of cruelty on animals. Despite that, the police department has refused to issue passes for the pet taxis and ambulances. The directives by the board have been reported in the press too.

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