Humans and humanity don’t go in hand nowadays. So many inhuman acts are recorded all over India in context of street animals. People are so much cruel and unkind to street animals. They beat them, harm them and even starve them to death. But they don’t know animals harassment laws in India.
But guys I’m today going to talk about the laws, rules, and regulation that are there for the well being of street animals. Not many of us are aware of them.
So I’m going to list laws that are there to save street animals from harassment.
Animals Harassment Laws In India:
- It is the fundamental duty of every citizen of India to have compassion for all living creatures. Article 51A (g).
- To kill or maim any animal, including stray animals, is a punishable offense. IPC Sections 428 and 429.
- Abandoning any animal for any reason can land you in prison for up to three months. Section 11(1)(i) and Section 11(1)(j), PCA Act, 1960.
- No animal (including chickens) can be slaughtered in any place other than a slaughterhouse. Sick or pregnant animals shall not be slaughtered. Rule 3, of Prevention of Animals Cruelty, (Slaughterhouse) Rules, 2001 and Chapter 4, Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011
- Stray dogs that have been operated for birth control cannot be captured or relocated by anybody including any authority. ABC Rules, 2001.
- Neglecting an animal by denying her sufficient food, water, shelter, and exercise or by keeping him chained/confined for long hours is punishable by a fine or imprisonment of up to 3 months or both. Section 11(1)(h), PCA Act, 1960.
- Monkeys are protected under the Wildlife (Protection)Act, 1972 and cannot be displayed or owned.
- Bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers, lions, and bulls are prohibited from being trained and used for entertainment purposes, either in circuses or streets. Section 22(ii), PCA Act, 1960.
- Animal sacrifice is illegal in every part of the country. Rule 3, Slaughterhouse Rules, 2001.
- Organizing of or participating in or inciting any animal fight is a cognizable offence. Section 11(1)(m)(ii) and Section 11(1)(n), PCA Act, 1960.
- Cosmetics tested on animals and the import of cosmetics tested on animals is banned. Rules 148-C and 135-B of Drugs & Cosmetics Rules, 1945.
- Teasing, feeding or disturbing the animals in a zoo and littering the zoo premises is an offence punishable by a fine of Rs. 25000 or imprisonment of up to three years or both. Section 38J, Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972
- Capturing, trapping, poisoning or baiting of any wild animal or even attempting to do so is punishable by law, with a fine of up to Rs. 25000 or imprisonment of up to seven years or both. Section 9, Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972
- Disturbing or destroying eggs or nests of birds and reptiles or chopping a tree having nests of such birds and reptiles or even attempting to do so constitutes to hunting and attracts a punishment of a fine of up to Rs. 25000, or imprisonment of up to seven years or both. Section 9, Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
- Conveying or carrying animals whether in or upon any vehicle, in any manner or position which causes discomfort, pain or suffering is a punishable offense under two Central Acts. Section 11(1)(d) Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (Transport of Animal) Rules, 2001 and Motor Vehicles Act 1978.
So guys! know about animals harassment laws, if you see anyone harassing or harming any street animal be it a dog, cow, bird or anyone please take a step forward and react and stop them. Because if we’ll change than the scenario will change.