Supreme Court raps Centre over delay in rules on cattle smuggling

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act was framed in 1960 and the penalties have not been revised ever since.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published:July 5, 2016 3:00 am
Supreme Court, cattle smuggling, Union government, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, cattle smuggling case, india news The court was hearing a PIL moved by animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi, who sought directions to the Centre and states for checking illegal movement of live cattle across the borders for slaughter and sacrifice.

The NDA government’s commitment to the cause of cow protection was Monday questioned by the Supreme Court, which sought an explanation from the Centre over delay in framing stringent rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Irked over frequent requests for adjournments, a bench of Justices J S Khehar and Arun Mishra directed the government to tender a definite deadline by which new rules under the Act shall be framed, especially in order to prevent illegal movement of cattle across the border from India to Nepal, to be sacrificed at the Gadhimai Festival.

“You (government) seem not worried about this at all,” the bench told the government’s counsel. “We don’t want to take (up) this matter over and over again for the same thing. Our order was passed in July 2015. What have you done in the last one year?”

The court was hearing a PIL moved by animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi, who sought directions to the Centre and states for checking illegal movement of live cattle across the borders for slaughter and sacrifice. The petition also underlined the need for an urgent overhaul of the animal laws in the country to curb abuse of animals.

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The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act was framed in 1960 and the penalties have not been revised ever since.

Issuing an interim order to immediately stop smuggling of animals to Nepal for sacrifice at Gandhimai Festival, the bench had ordered all states to constitute Societies for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as stipulated under the Act. The government had told the court that new rules with deterrent effects would be framed and notified soon.

However, Monday, the bench noted that in the last year, the Centre had only sought more time on the issue without indicating when it would frame the rules. “You tell us when are you going to do it? You want three weeks, four weeks or one month… just tell us when will you do it and we will adjourn the matter. It is your government,” the bench said.

The counsel sought two days to revert to the court with instructions on a final deadline regarding notification of the new rules under the law. The bench fixed the hearing for Thursday.

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    Bonkered.bhakt
    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:23 am
    Supreme Courtn is this week's , Commie,lt;br/gt;Anti-national, anarchist.
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      Satendra kumar
      Jul 5, 2016 at 2:07 am
      The Prevention of Cruelty on Animal act needs to be ratified with correct submission for the animals it's behaviour and breeding it's purpose for humanity and the beneficiary for the generation for thier beliefs in Dharmic rituals and it's system of revelation.
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        amar s
        Jul 5, 2016 at 8:33 am
        supreme court or cattle court - self appointed legislative - power hungry
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        Rajesh
        Jul 5, 2016 at 3:52 am
        Framing of laws is in parliament's domain. Supreme court has no business.
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        Augustus
        Jul 5, 2016 at 2:13 am
        Modi government will not allow this issue to be settled as this is politically valuable, they will kill animals which eat and will not allow to kill animals which others eat, so this is not worth settling
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