Do you love animals? Do you extend out your love to all animals –irrespective whether they are pets, adopted, or even strays? Though animals lovers who have the selfless tendency to feed and take care of the stray animals have to face a certain level of discrimination and issues in India, there are certain legal rights you might possess if you have the zeal to love & take care of the strays selflessly. In the light of the recent modifications made in the Indian laws against cruelty to animals in India, it comes as a whiff of relief to the animal lovers who are bestowed with certain rights and rules to aid them in this noble cause.
- In the recent times, the Delhi High Court has stated that there are no laws in India that aim to prohibit any individual from feeding and taking care of the stray animals. Moreover, it also claims that feeding the stray animals like dogs, cats, cows, and so more is both noble and lawful.
- It is a criminal offense to feed the stray animals any kind of poisonous food. Being an animal lover, you wouldn’t do so. As such, you can also prevent any malicious group or individuals from playing a foul game to harm or torture the stray animals by feeding them wrong food. They can be taken prison under the law for doing any such wrong deed. If caught doing so, the individual would be charged under Section 11 of the Prevention to Cruelty Against Animals Act, 1960.
- Sections 428 & 429 of the IPC (Indian Panel Code) and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 have also made it illegal to main or cause any injury to the stray animals with some monetary value. It has also been made illegal to purposefully cause any injury to dogs, cats, cows, or any other stray animals by any vehicle on the street. If as an animal lover, you catch anyone violating any of these laws, you can report to the local police station or the concerned animal protection group to take serious action against the culprit.
- Under the Animal Birth Control Rules of 2001 by the Government of India, no sterilized dogs can be relocated from their native areas. As per different High Court orders, the sterilized dogs need to be returned to their original areas after being operated. If the stray dogs are not sterilized, then you can ask the local animal welfare organization to conduct the sterilization program in a given area.
- The Animal Welfare Board of India issues individual IDs to the animal lovers who feed the stray animals. These IDs help in protecting the rights of the animal lovers who wish to care for the stray animals by feeding them and taking care of their specialized needs.
As an animal lover, when you are aware of these rights given to you by the Government of India, you can exercise them to enhance your motive of taking care of the stray animals. Enjoy your time feeding and taking care of the strays!
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