Law for Animals Category

This is an interesting case study of a battle that’s playing out even now, as we write this, at an upmarket apartment complex called Nirvana Country, South City-II, Phase-II, at Sectors 49, 50, and 57, Gurgaon, developed and constructed by Unitech Ltd. There are 2 apartment blocks – the Close North, and the Close South.  This is playing out at the Close North. This real life account involves an RWA, of course (or the Association of Apartment Owners as it is also known as) & of course it involves dogsRead More
Each time there is an animal cruelty case, petitions or demands of actions are made to the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).  AWBI is a bureaucracy within an bureaucracy (Ministry of Environment and Forests) AND subservient to it – that can’t be a recipe of pro-activeness!  Ms Menaka Gandhi is the next best stop for action – but Ms Gandhi works on a range of issues that are brought to her notice the best she can and surely she can’t be the default for all action. So is the fate of India’sRead More
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