Law for Animals Category

17 April 2012, New Delhi. The ‘Stray Dogs’ matters were listed for hearing before the Supreme Court today This is a bunch of 5 Special Leave Petitions that had been filed against the Bombay High Court order dated 19th December, 2008, vide which the majority out of a 3 judge bench of the Bombay High Court,  had held that the municipal commissioner has the power under municipal law, to order the killing of “nuisance” dogs. The term “nuisance” was not defined, and the judges (vide the majority judgment), had leftRead More
New Delhi, 13 March 2012: BBMP intervention application in the stray dog matters Supreme Court S.L.P. (Civil) No. 691 of 2009, rejected In January, 2009, the Animal Welfare Board of India, and 4 other parties has filed Special Leave Petitions against the Bombay High Court order passed in December, 2008, allowing the Municipal Commissioner to order the killing of “nuisance” dogs, even though the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, enacted under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, do not provide for any such “category” to be euthanized. (AsRead More
AWBI notification confirming CNVR not allowed for ABC surgery
                                              The AWBI issued a notification to all municipalities, AWOs, etc.  that CNVR procedures (Catch Neuter Vaccinate and Release) or Same Day Release, is not permitted for animal birth control of street dogs This procedure necessitates the use of optimal skill, and specialized equipment, and without the same, can result in the perpetration of great cruelty upon the animals subjected to the same Therefore, unless the Board approvesRead More
2 previous articles showed the legal standpoint of Camel sacrifice at the time of Bakr-Id & Cow sacrifice during Bakr-Id in India. Clearly in the context of slaughter of animals during Bakr-Id any slaughter which is not a part of the RELIGIOUS REQUIREMENT of Muslims, such as the slaughter of cows, calves, and camels, is not permitted in law. In its judgement the Karnataka High Court (judgment passed in the Writ Petition No. 14432 of 2008 titled ‘Animal Rights Fund Vs. State of Karnataka’): Noted that the petitioner had sought that the illegal transportation,Read More
As a mark of ‘affluence’ increasingly there are camels being sacrificed by the rich at the time of Bakr-Id in India. Is this purely a personal choice or does the State have a say in it?       Judgement of the Kerala high Court: Siraj vs District Collector / Judgment of Mr Justice K. Balakrishnan NairRead More
Is sacrifice/slaughter of cows allowed on Bakr-Id in India? Is it a personal choice? What does the India law say? The Supreme Court of India, in the matters of M. H. Qureshi vs. State of Bihar reported in AIR 1958 SC 731, and State of West Bengal & Ors. vs. Ashutosh Lahiri and Others reported in AIR 1995 SC 464, and the Calcutta High Court in the matters of Rajesh Yadav & Ors. vs. State of West Bengal & Ors., and Kedarnath Brahmachari & Ors. vs. The State of WestRead More
One of the best ways to ensure that stray dogs are treated in the manner prescribed by Indian laws, is to have effective monitoring of the ABC program. The problem always has been the opacity of the process of monitoring which is seen as the elitist preserve of bureaucrats, government officials and AWO’s running ABC programs etc. This changed through the amendment of the ABC rules, essentially allowing individuals and organizations engaged in animal welfare to participate and make it more effective. Steps you should take immediately in your city: Since the Municipal CommissionerRead More
The entire book Chutki’s Experiences published both in English & Kannada is © Shamalatha Rao. Content and pictures here are used with permission. Read the book to understand why’s Chutki, the little stray puppy, is wondering why are dogs displaced and then blamed for all the dog-fights and human frights – when humans are responsible! Shamlatha Rao has put together an entire book as a play for children – and it is an outstanding effort because of the lucidity with which complex, including legal, issues are highlighted. She uses ‘speakingRead More
Bengaluru, 20th July 2010: The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and The Voice of Stray Dogs (, a voluntary organization that works for the cause of stray dogs in Bengaluru met today in the city to speak on issues of dislocation and culling of dogs on a scale that has taken alarming proportions in recent times. Dr. S. Chinni Krishna, co-founder and chairman of Blue Cross-India, Mrs. Amala Akkineni, reputed actress, founder of Blue Cross, Hyderabad and a member of the AWBI and Rakesh Shukla, Founder Volunteer of TheRead More