Law for Animals Category

The Supreme Court of India on 6 Feb, 2013, stayed the order passed by the Karnataka High Court on the 7th of December, 2012. The Karnataka High Court had directed the BBMP to cull dogs which are a ‘menace’ or ‘cause nuisance’, has been stayed by the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme Court stay order has been passed a short while ago, in a Special Leave Petition filed by the Animal Welfare Board of India numbered as S.L.P. (C) No. 4453 of 2013, and titled ‘Animal Welfare Board ofRead More
It is by now, trite, that the manner of dealing with stray canines, and controlling their population, is set out in the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001. The Rules envisage that community dogs shall be sterilized in the manner, and after following the procedure set out these Rules. Further, that they shall then be vaccinated for protection against rabies; and released back into the very areas that they were picked up from. Release back into the locality that each individual animal is picked from is extremely important, because dogs,Read More
The Voice of Stray Dogs is releasing the the 1st available copy (we know of) of the judgment pronounced by the High Court of Karnataka at Bangalore on the 7th of December, 2012, in the matters that have come to be known as the Stray Dog matters, i.e. WP(PIL) No .26996-27009/2003, 37197/2011 clubbed with WP(PIL)641/2007, WP(PIL)501/2007, WP(PIL)7642/2007, WP(PIL)7644/2007, WP (PIL)6229/2007,  WP(PIL) 4920/2007, WP (PIL)427/2007 AND WP No.4034/2007.  This is shared here in the following parts Karnataka High Court Stray Dog Matters Judgment pp 1 to 12.pdf Karnataka High Court Stray Dog Matters Judgment ppRead More
An advocate who has read / obtained the judgment pronounced by the High Court of Karnataka at Bangalore on the 7th of December, 2012, in the matters that have come to be known as the Stray Dog matters, i.e. No .26996-27009/2003, 37197/2011 clubbed with WP(PIL)641/2007, WP(PIL)501/2007, WP(PIL)7642/2007, WP(PIL)7644/2007, WP (PIL)6229/2007,  WP(PIL) 4920/2007, WP (PIL)427/2007 AND WP No.4034/2007, shared with The Voice of Stray Dogs, the operative portions of the judgment. We have with us, Paragraphs 45 to 50 of the judgment, and Directions (5) and (6) contained in Paragraph 54; and in our view,Read More
On 7th of December 2012 a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna delivered the verdict while disposing of a batch of public interest litigation (PIL) petitions — some complaining about stray menace and seeking culling of such dogs, and others seeking protection against their killing. These petitions are clubbed together as ‘stray dog’ matters [No .26996-27009/2003, 37197/2011 clubbed with WP(PIL)641/2007, WP(PIL)501/2007, WP(PIL)7642/2007, WP(PIL)7644/2007, WP (PIL)6229/2007,  WP(PIL) 4920/2007, WP (PIL)427/2007 AND WP No.4034/2007]  The order is not with ‘The Voice of Stray Dogs’ at the time of writing thisRead More
This is an analysis occasioned by an article in the Bangalore Mirror of 19th October, 2012, titled, “Police have power to kill strays”, which claims that ‘Karnataka Police Act not only gives the cops authority to kill dogs but also says they have to do it regularly’. The “gems” contained in this article, with a reference to a legal provision and a smattering of views and assertions, are a classic example of IRRESPONSIBLE & MOTIVATED REPORTING, obviously resorted to in order to inflame and engineer a situation that will beRead More
Given the ‘information’ flying thick and fast about BBMP’s stand on aggressive dogs it is timely to see this communique from the Chairman of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) to BBMP and all NGOs working to support the ABC program in Bangalore. It has been previously reported that BBMP has attempted to make a case of putting down a supposedly ‘aggressive’ dog abandoned at one of its NGO’s facilities.  The Times of India has alleged in a newspaper report on 19 Oct 2012 that  the affidavit submitted byRead More
A Bombay High Court judgment on ‘nuisance’ dogs‘ is in appeal in the Supreme Court of India. The Animal Birth Control (Dog) Rules 2001 clearly defines the category of stray dogs that can be euthanized. However BBMP seems to have its own spin on it as the incident reported below on The Voice of Stray Dogs Facebook page clearly illustrates – there is a BBMP attempt to label some dogs as aggressive and put them down – an act that is completely illegal.  On Saturday, 8th Sept 2012, Manasi & JaysalRead More
This document is an Advisory issued by the Broadcasting Contents Complaints Council to TV Channels, regarding how animals are to be depicted in T.V. programs. Around 250 T.V. channels are a part of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation, which was set up in 1999, and is an apex organization of television broadcasters. It enjoys a unique position as the accredited spokesman of the broadcasting industry. For regulating television content there is a self-regulatory code that the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (i.e. the IBF), has formulated. The code in question and the related rules governing television content, areRead More
As with the other writing on ‘The Voice of Stray Dogs’, unless otherwise specified the writing expresses the opinion of  The Voice of Stray Dogs, and not necessarily that of individual VoSD Board members since individual comment/ contribution and consent is neither sought nor received. Here we examine whether this could it be Tamilnadu politics or just the sheer incompetence of the AWBI management, or both, that in case after case AWBI either fails to represent the animals adequalty or in case such as Kashmir and Punjab, fails to representsRead More