The Supreme Court Monday declined to stay the Centre’s notifications declaring nilgai, monkey and wild boar as vermin for one year in the states of Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
A bench led by Justice Adarsh K Goel said the court would to hear the petitions against the validity of the Centre’s notifications next month.
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In the meantime, the bench asked the Centre to examine within two weeks the representations to be made by animal rights activists and organisations against issuance of the three notifications since December last year.
As the bench observed that animals cannot be killed in their home, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar clarified that the notifications permit killings only when the animals venture out of the forest areas into the region of human habitation.