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Plea Filed In Delhi High Court Against Alleged Illegal Transportation Of Camels For Republic Day Parade

Suhavi Arya
1 Feb 2022 12:49 PM GMT
Plea Filed In Delhi High Court Against Alleged Illegal Transportation Of Camels For Republic Day Parade
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A PIL has been filed in the Delhi High Court against alleged illegal transportation of camels to the national capital from their natural habitat in Rajasthan, for demonstration in the Republic Day parade.The petition has been filed by an organisation namely Scouts & Guides For Animals and Birds, alleging that the impugned actions are not only violative of statutory prescriptions under...

A PIL has been filed in the Delhi High Court against alleged illegal transportation of camels to the national capital from their natural habitat in Rajasthan, for demonstration in the Republic Day parade.

The petition has been filed by an organisation namely Scouts & Guides For Animals and Birds, alleging that the impugned actions are not only violative of statutory prescriptions under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, but also annihilate valuable rights of animals.

The petitioner alleges that due to the "tradition" of camels being included in the Republic Day parade, camels are illegally transported from Rajasthan to New Delhi. Such transportation is alleged to be in contravention of the right to life and security of animals, declared by the Apex Court in Animal Welfare Board of India v. Nagaraja & Ors.

It is alleged that animals were brought to Delhi in "goods carriers", violating Section 3 (Duties of persons having charge of animals) and 11 (Prohibition on Treating animals cruelly) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Section 2 of the Motor vehicles Act 1988 read along with 2015 Rules.

The plea states,

"The said animals been brought to Delhi from Rajasthan were brought in different vehicles violating Section 3, 11 and 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 alongwith Central Motor Vehicles (11 Amendments) Rules 2015. Therefore, the act of transporting Camels and other animals for the purpose of show at a Republic Day parade on 26/01/2022 at Rajpath, India Gate is in contravention of the settled law which cannot be left unregulated by this Hon'bie Court as non-action on the same would leave Fundamental Rights of the animals been compromised."

It further asserts that Article 51A (g) places a duty on the citizens of India to protect and improve the natural environment and have compassion for all living creatures. 

The petition has been filed through Advocate Ankur Bhasin. It is likely to be heard tomorrow.

Case Title: Scouts & Guides For Animals and Birds v. Union of India & Ors.

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