“Animals are sources of livelihood, You can’t take them away, either you change it or we will stay”: CJI on 2017 Cattle protection rules
While challenging the validity of 2017 rules under prevention of cruelty to Animals act, the CJI S.A Bobde noted key points, which allowed authorities to seize vehicles used in cattle transportation and send the animals to the cow shelters.
The bench headed by the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde heard the matter and directed the matter to the centre in order to consider the withdrawal of the rules with the time being of a week. Jayant Sood submitted to the bench that he would seek instructions and file a short affidavit. Sood, submitted to the court that the rules were notified and to this the CJI stated, that animals, not cats and dogs are the source of livelihood. No one can take this away and it is also against the section 29 of the act. The advocate then informed the court that there had been increasing number of torturous activities against the animals.
The plea was filed by the buffalo traders welfare association, states that the provisions of the prevention of cruelty to animals rules were notified by the ministry of environment, forest and climate change and are unconstitutional in nature.