Law for Animals Category

Dogs in Ismal VOSD Publication
Dogs in Islam, as they are in Rabbinic Judaism, are conventionally thought of as ritually impure. This idea taps into a long tradition that considers even the mere sight of a dog during prayer to have the power to nullify a pious Muslim’s supplications. Similar to many other mistakenly viewed aspects of Islamic history, today both most Muslims and non-Muslims think that Islam and dogs don’t mix. There is, however, quite a different unknown strand of thinking about dogs in Islam, a long history of positive interactions between Muslims andRead More
Live cattle standing on top of slaughtered ones
Meat is ethics, culture, religion and economics rolled into one, and strangely, morals and politics, too. This article can be downloaded in PDF here The ‘Beef Ban’ of the ‘non-liberal’ ‘fascist’ ‘BJP’ government set the beef hot pot boiling on what is claimed to have been an Indian ‘agenda’ for years – Make India ‘beef’ free. On the other hand, Indians are eating more meat AND beef that includes both cow and buffalo meat. Consumption is up 14% in large cities, and 35% in villages, according to government data. ButRead More
Check-list before banning cow slaughter: Improve milk revenues, provide sufficient grazing lands and fodder, structure the dairy industry horizontally, ensure healthy upkeep at cows end of life.  The return of the cow slaughter debate has so many unanswered questions, that as an amateur recent farmer (comparatively affluent) am not sure if the pros outweigh the cons or are we (speaking on behalf of a regular livestock farmer) being dragged into a political battle again. Let me elucidate, with rains getting more and more erratic, chemical contaminated lands demanding more andRead More
For the first time in India, there are a comprehensive set of rules notified by the Central Government (therefore applicable across ALL states) called  Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules 2017 they appear in the Gazette of India here. They define the requirements to be met by the breeders and the establishments used for breeding, such as those related to health, housing facilities and conditions for sale. They are through 30 pages, but what are the parts that will help a dog rescuer use then to their advantage? This is anRead More
The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on 25 May 2017 issued a series of notifications under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. It is now mandatory for all dog breeders and their kennels/ establishments to register themselves with the Animal Welfare Board of the respective state. For Dogs: The Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules define the requirements to be met by the breeders and the establishments used for breeding, such as those related to health, housing facilities and conditions for sale. Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules 2017Read More
The Supreme Court of India banned the use of bulls and bullocks in performances such as jallikattu, bullock cart racing, etc., by its landmark judgment pronounced on the 7th of May, 2014, in the matter titled “Animal Welfare Board of India Versus A. Nagaraja & Ors.” Through Part I we released with permission, a part of the material that was before the Hon’ble Supreme Court, i.e. one set of jallikattu pictures, report, and video recorded by an AWBI observer during 3 jallikattu events in year 2013, demonstrating horrific abuse ofRead More
The Supreme Court of India pronounced a landmark judgment in the matter titled “Animal Welfare Board of India Versus A. Nagaraja & Ors.”, and allied appeals and petitions, on the 7th of May, 2014. The use of bulls and bullocks in performances such as Jallikattu, bullock cart racing, etc., was banned. In articles that will follow, we shall focus on the judgment itself, and how those of us that wish to, can use it as powerful precedent to help animals. Through this article we’re releasing, with permission, a part ofRead More
Jallikattu Cruelty, VoSD, The Voice of Stray Dogs
There has been a battle raging for many years (see bottom of this article for previous VoSD articles) between the horribly abused Jallikattu bulls and the bullocks used for cart racing, and those that were using them ostensibly for “sport” and to “perpetuate tradition” & “showcase rich cultural heritage”. Finally the bulls and the bullocks have won!   In a landmark, historic judgment passed at 10.30 a.m. today (7th May), in petitions and appeals pending before it since the year 2007 and onwards, a bench of the Apex Court ofRead More
Municipal Slaughter House, Pithapuram, East Godavari District (AP, India): Illegal slaughter in India. Pictures © Animal Rescue Org. Kakinada. Used with permission by 'The Voice of Stray dogs' (
Pictures from an illegal slaughter house at Pithapuram, East Godavari district, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh These are pictures of two illegal slaughter houses at East Godavari district, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh ; and the third set, is of cows that were being illegally transported for slaughter, also in Andhra Pradesh a few days back, but were mercifully intercepted and seized through the intervention of a very pro-active animal welfare organisation called Animal Rescue Organisation. They are presently in the safe custody of SPCA Kakinada. These pictures are symptomatic of what is happening all over the country. ThereRead More
Police Action, Stray Dog VoSD,
    For everybody that stands up for animals and Animal Rights, the following two Police Initiatives in February, 2014, have to be taken note of.      In a NUTSHELL :    The Special Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, Delhi Police, has written to all Joint Commissioners of Police, Delhi, and Heads of all Districts, Delhi Police, directing them to ensure that all Officers investigating crimes against animals are familiar with provisions of law relevant for booking crimes against animals and animal protectors, and mention them correctly inRead More