The Supreme Court on Friday suspended a Delhi High Court order that allowed stray dogs to be fed in every residential company. The Supreme Court has issued an opinion to the Animal Welfare Board of India and others on a petition challenging the order of the Delhi High Court regarding the feeding of stray dogs.
On June 24, 2021, an order from the Delhi High Court issued guidelines on the feeding of stray dogs. The bench of Justices Vineet Saran and Aniruddha Bose served notice on the AWBI and others and also stayed the enforcement of the Delhi High Court order.
The petition was filed by Humane Foundation for People and Animals, a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to resolve the human-animal conflict in society. Lead attorney Sanjay Sarin argued for the petitioner Humane Foundation for People and Animals and attorney Tarun Rana represented the petitioner organization.
Meghna Uniyal, co-founder of Humane Foundation for People and Animals, said she was aggrieved by the Delhi HC order and filed for special leave with the Supreme Court to overturn the Delhi order .
According to the petition, the Delhi High Court had adopted the Stray Dog Feeding Guidelines/Directives with reference to the “Animal (Dog) Birth Control Rules, 2001” and “The Prevention of Cruelty Act 1960 against animals”, despite the existence of an order issued by the Supreme Court order dated 18 November 2015, ordering “the high courts not to make any order relating to the 1960 Act and the 2001 Rules relating to dogs”.
The Delhi High Court felt it was necessary to raise awareness that even animals have the right to live with respect and dignity and said that “street dogs have the right to food and citizens have the right to feed the dogs of the community, but in exercising this right care and precaution must be taken to ensure that it does not infringe on the rights of others or cause any harm.”
Feeding of community dogs should be carried out in areas designated by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) in consultation with the Residents Welfare Associations or the Municipality and when determining the designated area, the AWBI and the RWA/Municipal Corporations should be aware that every dog in the community is a territorial being and therefore the dogs in the community should be fed and cared for in places within their territory, had in further ordered the HC.
It will be the duty and obligation of each Residents Welfare Association or Municipality to ensure that every dog in the community in every area has access to food and water in the absence of caregivers or of community dog feeders in said area.
The Delhi High Court had requested AWBI to carry out an awareness campaign in association with various newspapers, televisions, radio stations and social media platforms.
He had also stated that AWBI would also ensure that these guidelines are disseminated through the media and that AWBI would pass them on to various Resident Welfare Associations, the Police Department, City authorities, etc.
The court had also issued various guidelines, including all law enforcement authorities must ensure that no harassment or hindrance is caused to the person feeding the street dog at the designated feeding point. and to properly implement AWBI’s revised Companion Dog and Street Dog Guidelines dated February 26th. , 2015.
(With agency contributions)
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