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Movement for Animal Welfare


Within a span of 30 days, in two separate incidents, two animals lost their lives, under inhumane circumstances. Following the death of the pregnant elephant in Kerala in June 2020, a cow died in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district in India. It cracked a ball stuffed with explosive material and suffered grievous injury to her lower jaw. The explosive ball (or a meat bomb, a traditional hunting technique) contained sulphur, and was placed to hunt wild boars.

Ensuing the death of the elephant, a public interest litigation (PIL), Shubham Awasthi v Union of India, was filed in the Supreme Court of India. It sought the Court to, inter alia, declare the practice using barbaric means and explosives to ward off animals as unconstitutional, illegal and violative of Articles 14 (right to equality) and 21 (right to life) of the Constitution; and amend and enhance the penal provisions Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (PCA 1960). On 10 July 2020, the petition was called for hearing, following which the Court has issued a notice to the government. Currently, the petition awaits the latter’s response.

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Updated On : 23rd Sep, 2020
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