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SC Seeks Centre’s Reply on PIL Over Rising Animal Cruelty 

The plea cites a recent example of animal cruelty in Delhi where a man stabbed three stray dogs and a puppy to death.

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A policeman holds a water bottle with a yellow-crested cockatoo put inside for illegal trade, at the customs office of Tanjung Perak port in Surabaya, East Java province, Indonesia. (Photo: Reuters)

The Supreme Court on 13 May sought a response from the Centre on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in India. The PIL asked for an intervention to address the rising instances of barbaric cruelty to animals and inhuman exploitation in the pet shop industry.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh issued a notice to Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change on the plea which also sought guidelines regarding punishment for animal abuse and regulation of pet shop industry contending there was a vacuum in law.

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Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner NGO Angel Trust, said that the Law Commission has given a detailed report regarding animals being treated with cruelty by pet shops. He added that the government should notify the rules prepared by Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), which has not been done yet by the Centre.

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (PCA) has not been amended since 1960 to keep up with the times and even today, the only punishment for dastardly acts is a mere Rs 50 fine and no jail term.
PIL filed by NGO Angel Trust

The plea further said the perpetrators know that due to the “toothless legislation and lackadaisical enforcement”, they will go scot-free and hence commit heinous crimes against animals with impunity.

The plea cited recent incidents of brutality to animals including the 20 March incident in which a man was caught on CCTV stabbing to death three stray dogs and a puppy outside Green Park Metro Station in New Delhi. The plea also contended that unregulated pet shops were rampant with horrific abuse and exploitation.

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