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A Compilation of animal protection laws in India


India is a land where animals have been worshipped and sacrificed to the divinities , all the time it is immemorial. It brings up an issue with regards to what sort of culture this country has; pro animals or killing animals for sake of religion?. The response to this lies in the rich heritage and cultural diversity of this land. Its root can be seen in the vedas and Upanishads where by these writings may have been confused by the supporters as it is properly called attention in the case known as state of karnataka and anr.v. Drn Praveen Bhai Thogadia.

Mankind, as an idea, is truly difficult to characterize thus does it appear to follow it: coming about in this way in causing assaults on animals in an obtuse way. It is surely stunning to one’s conscience , small voice when the civilisation has moved from one brutal society to introduce day acculturated society but then the affability of man is by all accounts going in reverse. In any case, it is unjustifiable to state that people create nonsensical hostility towards untamed life on the grounds that the wild creatures decimate their lives by crushing their yields. Or maybe it is an endless loop whereby: people, because of their different exercises, have diminished the characteristic environment of these animals and because of it, animals approach the human settlements and people build up an unforgiving demeanor towards such creatures.

There have been developing conditions in the country where the barbarism of people has been delivered under the appearance of convention or simple experience. On an opposite note, no uncertainty, there exists Animal Rights yet alongside it one can disregard Human Rights. A viable arrangement should be contrived comprehensively focussing at present moment and long haul arrangements.

This calls attention to the way that regardless of there being enactments, their inappropriate execution has weakened their obstruction impacts and that something should be done at the soonest to save the individuals who can support their privileges. Notwithstanding, that doesn’t invalidate the way that various enactments relating to basic entitlements exist in our nation.

Legislations for protecting animal rights

A new Writ Petition has been recorded in the Supreme Court of India with respect to the incidents in the State of Kerala viz. the killings of elephants in Palakkad whereby the applicant has proposed outlining of a Special Investigation Team under resigned Supreme Court judge or CBI to test into the issue and take out the examination quickly.

The point here to be noted is the reason one wants to record a PIL where there are now numerous enactments authorized for such reason. It points, definitely, at the absence of execution of these laws or the relevance of The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (hereinafter alluded as FRA, 2006 and ) which has accomplished more damage than anything else.

This human-creature strife offers ascend to various issues, for example, once in a while honest individuals are slaughtered on account of these wild creatures and the other way around. This human-creature struggle started as an impact of the consumption of woodland cover or common territory of wild creatures because of expansion in different industrialist exercises just as populace burst.

It is a major obligation of each resident under Article 51-A (g) of the Constitution of India, 1950 to secure untamed life and have empathy for every living animal. Additionally, Article 48A represents an obligation on state to ensure, protect and improve the timberlands and natural life of the nation. There are different forces, specialists and obligations conceded to focus, state and panchayats under the plan of untamed life security.

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960

The basic cruelty law of India is contained in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. The objective of the Act is to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals and to amend the laws relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals. The Act defines “animal” as any living creature other than a human being.

In accordance with Chapter II of the Act, the Government of India established the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) with some of the following functions: Advising the central government regarding amendments and rules to prevent unnecessary pain while transporting animals, performing experiments on animals or storing animals in captivity. Encouragement of financial assistance, rescue homes and animal shelters for old animals. Advising the government on medical care and regulations for animal hospitals. Imparting education and awareness on humane treatment of animals. Advising the central government regarding general matters of animal welfare. The Act enumerates different variants of cruelty to animals under Section 11 as the following actions:

a) Beating, kicking, overriding, overloading, torturing and causing unnecessary pain to any animal.

b) Using an old or injured or unfit animal for work (the punishment applies to the owner as well as the user).

c) Administering an injurious drug/medicine to any animal.

d) Carrying an animal in any vehicle in a way that causes it pain and discomfort.

e) Keeping any animal in a cage where it doesn’t have reasonable opportunity of movement.

f) Keeping an animal on an unreasonably heavy or short chain for an unreasonable period of time.

g) Keeping an animal in total and habitual confinement with no reasonable opportunity to exercise.

h) Being an owner failing to provide the animal with sufficient food, drink or shelter.

i) Abandoning an animal without reasonable cause.

j) Willfully permitting an owned animal to roam on streets or leaving it on the streets to die of disease, old age or disability.

k) Offering for sale an animal which is suffering pain due to mutilation, starvation, thirst, overcrowding or other ill-treatment.

l) Mutilating or killing animals through cruel manners such as using strychnine injections.

m) Using an animal as bait for another animal solely for entertainment.

n) Organizing, keeping, using or managing any place for animal fighting.

o) Shooting an animal when it is released from captivity for such purpose.

However, the Act does not consider as cruelty the dehorning/castration of cattle in the prescribed manner, destruction of stray dogs in lethal chambers in prescribed manner and extermination of any animal under the authority of law. This Section provides somewhat of a leeway.

Part IV of the Act covers Experimentation of animals. The Act does not render unlawful experimentation on animals for the purpose of advancement by new discovery of physiological knowledge or knowledge to combat disease, whether of human beings, animals or plants. It envisages the creation of a Committee for control and supervision of experiments on animals by the central government which even has the power to prohibit experimentation if so required.

Chapter V covers the area of performing animals. Section 22 prohibits exhibiting or training an animal without registration with the AWBI. The Section prohibits animals such as monkeys, bears, lions, tigers, panthers and bulls from being utilized as performing animals.

An additional leeway provided by the Act is that under Section 28, nothing contained in the Act shall render it an offence to kill any animal in a manner required by the religion of any community. Considering the diversity of religions and traditions in India, this Section was considered imperative. Treating animals cruelly is punishable with a fine of Rs. 10 which may extend to Rs. 50 on first conviction. On subsequent conviction within three years of a previous offence, it is punishable with a fine of Rs. 25 which may extend to Rs. 100 or imprisonment of three months or with both. Performing operations like Phooka or any other operations to improve lactation which is injurious to the health of the animal is punishable with a fine of Rs. 1000 or imprisonment up to 2 years or both. The government further has the power to forfeit or seize or destroy the animal. Contravention of any order of the committee regarding experimentation on animals is punishable with a fine up to Rs. 200.

(case) Manipur High Court: The Division Bench comprising of CJ Ramalingam Sudhakar and KH. Nobin Singh, J., addressed a petition concerning the germane issues regarding the non-implementation of provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and further directing the implementation of the same in letter and spirit as directed by the Supreme Court. The facts of the case raised pertinent issues on the observance of a number of dogs being found to be taken in a cruel manner in a car. The accused pleaded guilty for the act and were fined by the CJM Imphal West. Further PFA, Manipur was asked to keep the seized dogs for a period of 7 days and later the custody to be handed over to State Veterinary Hospital or any SPCA. The concern raised in the said matter arose when PFA, Manipur stated after a month that it did not have facilities for maintaining the dogs for a longer period. In response to the same, the Director, Vety. & A.H. Services, Manipur stated that department has no scheme under which permanent or temporary shelter could be provided to the animals and birds.

Therefore, the High Court in its order directed the State Government to release Rs 30,000 and an additional sum in its further order for the maintenance of the seized dogs. Learned Amicus Curiae brought the attention of the Court on the aspect that the State Government had failed to implement the provisions of the Act and Rules as laid down by the Supreme Court.

Hence, (case) referring to Animal Welfare Board of India v. Nagaraja, (2014) 7 SCC 547, and various other decisions of the Supreme Court concerning animal welfare, the High Court stated that the “insensibility to the issue relating to the welfare of the animals, which has been held to be included within the meaning of the “Right to Life” is unfortunate.” Further, being conscious of the order passed, by the Supreme Court in the case mentioned hereinabove, the present PIL stood disposed of with the direction to implement the Act and rules as directed by the Apex Court. [Effective Implementation of Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960 and its Rules v. State,2018

Judiciary’s attitude and approach

In any country the job of legal executive can’t be sabotaged in light of the fact that it proposes the govt. to be reformist while outlining laws just as keep a beware of the guilty parties. At the point when the chronicles of countries are composed and studied, there are legal choices at the front line of freedom. However others must be committed to documents, intelligent of what was, yet ought not have been. The spearheading case in such manner was in 1954 when the Supreme Court saw that creatures; penances made because of strict designs is important to rehearse one’s religion and subsequently it is ensured under Article 25 of the Constitution of India and further explained the equivalent in its judgment viz. (case) Ratilal Panachand Gandhi and ors. v. Territory of Bombay and ors "A religion isn’t simply an assessment, tenet or conviction. It has its outward articulation in goes about too… . Strict practices or exhibitions of acts, in compatibility of strict conviction are as much a piece of religion as confidence or faith specifically regulations.

Be that as it may, in (case) Sardar Syedna Taher Saifuddin Sahib v. Province of Bombaythe SC saw that there might be strict acts of penance of individuals, or penance of creatures in a route harmful to the prosperity of the local area on the loose. It is available to the State to intercede, by enactment, to confine or to control to the degree of totally halting such pernicious practices. At that point in 2014, the Supreme Court conveyed a milestone judgment regarding the matter of creatures savagery. In Animal Welfare Board of India v. A. Nagaraja and Ors the SC held that creatures also reserve the option to live with honor and respect. As of late Punjab and Haryana High Court has held creatures to be lawful people. This is a welcome advance in the Indian law. While conveying the judgment Justice Rajiv Sharma, in his request stated, All the creatures have honor and respect. Each species has an innate option to live and is needed to be ensured by law. The rights and security of creatures are to be regarded and shielded from unlawful assaults.


Despite the fact that a great deal of exceptionally intricate and explicit creature insurance laws have been passed in India, they are frequently not appropriately actualized. It is so on the grounds that concerned residents and NGOs don’t regularly underline on taking the legitimate pathway to achieve results. Simultaneously, understand that the enactment that we right now have in India isn’t adequately solid and sensible to roll out extraordinary improvement. The overall enemy of savagery parts in Section 11 of the PCAA can be made significantly more compelling by expanding the discipline and fine somewhat. The laws can be made more severe and widely inclusive with the goal that creatures, all things considered, be it road creatures, wild creatures and creatures living in a wide range of natural surroundings are ensured and safeguarded.



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