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SC asks government to repeal the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Care and Maintenance of Case Property Animals) Rules, 2017

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SC asks government to repeal the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Care and Maintenance of Case Property Animals) Rules, 2017:


Why the Supreme Court ordered so?

  • The law allowed seizure and subsequent confiscation in ‘gaushalas’ of livestock from people, who depended on these animals for a livelihood, even before they were found guilty of cruelty towards them.
  • It allowed authorities to seize cattle on a mere suspicion that they suffered cruel treatment at the hands of their owners or were being primed for slaughter.
  • Because of this, a farmer, a livestock owner or a cattle trader loses his animals before being found guilty of the charge of cruelty.

About the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Care and Maintenance of Case Property Animals) Rules, 2017:

  • The rules were framed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
  • The 2017 Rules allow a Magistrate to forfeit the cattle of an owner facing trial under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
  • The animals are then sent to infirmaries, ‘gaushalas’, ‘pinjarapole’, etc. These authorities can further give such animals for “adoption”.

Sources: the Hindu.