Animal Law Cell 2015 - 16

Faculty Coordinator: Ms. Rajalaxmi Joshi

“I am in favour of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of whole human being” – Abraham Lincoln

A group of students believing in said thought initiated an idea to establish Animal Law Cell this year. It is completely a student’s initiative. The object of the Cell is to create awareness and to sensitize people about animal laws, animal welfare and animal rights by means of meeting/discussions on a weekly basis, on ground activities, other modes such as research projects, guest lectures etc.

The Cell started its activities in the beginning of the year 2016. During the weekly sessions, member students discussed about various issues relating to animal rights, Indian laws like Prevention of cruelty to animals Act, 1960, judgments by Indian Courts like judgment of the Supreme Court in ‘jallikattu’ case etc.

It was realized during these discussions that there are lot of animal issues which are not taken care of or the existing legislations are insufficient or lacking in their implementation. Such issues like performing animals, animals in zoos, sale of animals (including breeding of animals), experimentation, transport of animals, rights of disabled persons vis a vis guide dogs; service and therapy dogs etc.

Therefore it was decided to study these issues in detail and to compile laws in this regard. The current project undertaken by the cell is to prepare compilation of animal laws consisting of Statutes, Judgments, International Conventions, and other reports of committees on the above mentioned issues. During the concluding session student members out of the mentioned topics selected the topic of their choice to research on during their vacation time.