HC directs TN Govt to ensure stoppage of cruelty to animals
Madurai, Mar 30 (UNI) The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu Government and the police to take steps to prevent cruelty to animals in any form, including in the guise of bullfights and bullockcart races, by strictly implementing the existing law.
Declining to entertain a petition, seeking police protection for holding a raekla race (bullock cart race), coinciding with the consecration of a temple in Ramanathapuram, Justice R Bhanumathi directed both the Chief Secretary and the DGP of police to firmly implement the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA), (1960).
Making it clear that it was high time the Government took up the cause of animals, the Judge said the police too were expected to boldly decline permission to such events, emphasising the need to implement an existing statute.
Dismissing the argument that the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department was holding these events to attract tourists, the Judge, quoting a book by Maneka Gandhi, said the entertainment of a gathering could hardly be a justification for the pain inflicted on the bulls. The question also should be posed to the consciousness of the society, she added.
Referring to Sec 11 of the PCA providing for a penalty of Rs 50 for beating, kicking and other modes of torturing an animal, the Judge called for an urgent review to enhance the fine amount and to make stringent punishment.
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