Un­sure of com­pli­ance of apex court or­der: Ac­tivists

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - REGION - Sau­rabh Chauhan let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SHIMLA : Kullu MLA Ma­hesh­war Singh is gear­ing up for a grand Dussehra cel­e­bra­tion on Sun­day, af­ter the Supreme Court’s in­terim re­lief on an­i­mal sac­ri­fice. How­ever, an­i­mal rights ac­tivists have shown ap­pre­hen­sions about vi­o­la­tion of the SC or­der and the law.

An­i­mal rights ac­tivists have writ­ten to Kullu dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion re­gard­ing prepa­ra­tions for an­i­mal sac­ri­fice in the Kullu Dussehra.

The apex court had given a go-ahead for an­i­mal sac­ri­fice but in ac­cor­dance with the law. Ac­tivist Son­ali Pure­wal, in a let­ter to Kullu DC Yunus, said per­mis­sion to set up a place in ac­cor­dance with the law has to be sought from the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner and con­sul­ta­tion should have been made with an­i­mal right ac­tivist Gauri Mulekhi.

“There is a list of com­pli­ances to be fol­lowed for slaugh­ter in ac­cor­dance with the law in­clud­ing Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mal Act, An­i­mal slaugh­ter house rules, food and safety rules for pub­lic hy­giene and en­vi­ron­men­tal and pol­lu­tion laws,” she said.

Pure­wal al­leged that none of these have been com­plied with. “Com­pli­ance to the SC or­der could not be done by merely erect­ing a sep­a­rate space for an­i­mal slaugh­ter,” she said, adding, “I did not get any an­swer from the au­thor­i­ties.”

Mean­while, Kullu dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity said the court or­der would be ad­hered to. “We will not vi­o­late court or­der or law,” said DC Yunus. MLA Ma­hesh­war said, “We fought a bat­tle in the Supreme Court and it has given us some re­lief. We will fol­low the or­der in let­ter and spirit.”

Pure­wal said the Supreme Court has asked to go ahead with an­i­mal sac­ri­fice in ac­cor­dance with law. “It means that the an­i­mal to be slaugh­tered has to be de­sen­si­tised us­ing a li­censed stun gun to in­flict least pain. This has to be done in the pres­ence of a li­censed per­son with per­mis­sion and train­ing on how to use the gun in ac­cor­dance with the law,” she said, adding, “There are many other rules to be fol­lowed.”

The SC, in April this year, in its in­terim or­der, ob­served, “If any slaugh­ter of an­i­mals is done for the pur­poses in­volved in these pe­ti­tions, it shall be done in an area which is set up in ac­cor­dance with law. The mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­ity shall en­sure such com­pli­ance. The An­i­mal Wel­fare Board of In­dia and Gauri Maulekhi may be heard on the set­ting up of such area.”

A man giv­ing fi­nal touches to a paint­ing on a wall of Dev Sadan, on the eve of week­long Kullu Dussehra in Kullu. AQIL KHAN/HT

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