Law for Animals Category

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
Read/ Download/ Print the report from here Excerpt: The Animal Welfare Board of India (henceforth AWBI) has taken up the implementation of the animal birth control (henceforth ABC) program for canines on a national scale with two objectives—to end the presence of stray dogs on roads and public spaces and free India from the incidence of rabies by 2020. Under this program, stray dogs are picked up, neutered, vaccinated against rabies and released in the respective areas from where they had been captured. The ABC program constitutes the only effectiveRead 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
AWBI Guide on 'How to lodge an FIR for crimes against animals' on 'The Voice of Stray Dogs' (
The Voice of Stray Dogs is making available a set of old AWBI Guides – very valuable but now sadly out of print and circulation. These are published by AWBI and are being digitized and distributed free by ‘The Voice of Strays Dogs’ Read the AWBI Guide on ‘How to file an FIR’. This includes: What happens most frequently in animal related cases? What is the importance of the custody of the animals? Ignorance of animal laws in the police What is the importance of a FIR and why it is so necessary?Read More
The President, Veterinary Council of India informed the Chairperson, Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) that pursuant to AWBI issuing an advisory against tail docking and ear cropping of dogs, the Veterinary Council of India has written to the Registrars of all Veterinary/Agricultural Universities having veterinary facilities, the Registrars of all State Veterinary Councils, the Deans of all Veterinary Colleges, the Directors of the Animal Husbandry departments of all States advising them to apprise all veterinary practitioners and students to refrain from resorting to cosmetic surgeries, with immediate effect.Read 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
In an advisory issued on 8 Sept 2011 the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) deemed the practice of ‘docking’ and ‘ear-cropping’ as a mutilation and therefore against the Prevention of Cruelty Act of 1960, illegal and a punishable offence. The advisory directs the: Veterinary Council to issue directions to vets, state vet councils, veterinary colleges & practitioners Kennel clubs to ensure compliance All State and district SPCA’s  to work with the local police and seek legal help in ensuring implementation This goes for dogs of all breeds including the mostRead 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