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Coronavirus lockdown: Kerala HC allows cat owner to go out for pet food

The court observed that animal food and fodder were covered under essential items.

By: PTI | Kochi |
Updated: April 7, 2020 12:00:00 am
Coronavirus, Coronavirus latest updates, Coronavirus lockdown, pet food during coronavirus lockdown, Kerala HC. cat food, indian express In his plea, the cat owner had alleged that the police did not grant him vehicle pass for buying cat food after his stock ran out. (Picture for representation)

The Kerala High Court on Monday allowed a cat owner’s plea to go out in his car and buy food for his pets, amid the nationwide lockdown to curb novel coronavirus.

Considering the plea filed by Prakash, who has three pet cats, a Division Bench of the High Court comprising Justices A K Jayasankaran Nambiar and Shaji P Chaly observed that animal food and fodder were covered under essential
items.

Allowing the plea, the court directed that the petitioner could go out to buy the food for his pets on the basis of a self-declaration, along with the order of the court.

In his plea, the cat owner had alleged that the police did not grant him vehicle pass for buying cat food after its
stock ran out. He had submitted the application for vehicle pass online on April 4.

When the court asked whether the cat will not eat other food, the petitioner, a vegetarian, submitted that the cats
were fed biscuits and seven kg was required to feed them for three weeks.

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