Can’t interfere with culling amid bird flu, says Bombay HC

The Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay Excessive Court docket in a latest order refused to intrude with the culling of birds in poultry farms as “curbing the unfold of chook flu actually could be a precedence and a job to be finished at struggle footing”. The courtroom stated the choice solely rested with authorities.

A Division Bench of Justices S.V. Gangapurwala and Shrikant Kulkarni on February 18 was listening to two petitions filed by Ashraf Poultry Farm and Pioneer Poultry Farm, which had been sealed on February 4. The homeowners challenged an order handed by authorities directing the culling of birds and destruction of eggs of their farms.

The petitioners’ counsel stated their farms had been situated one kilometre away from a farm the place circumstances of chook flu had been detected. He stated the authorities directed culling regardless of birds on the petitioners’ farms testing adverse a number of instances. He stated declaring a 2.5 km radius from the affected farm as an contaminated zone would trigger losses to farms within the space.

The assistant authorities pleader stated the authorities took the choice as contaminated birds had been present in 21 farms within the neighborhood of the petitioners’ farms. He stated the petitioners claimed their farms lay past one kilometre from the contaminated farms, however areas inside 2.5 km from the contaminated poultry had been declared as contaminated zone and as much as 10 km as surveillance zone. He stated the choice was taken to safeguard the life and well being of most of the people.

The Bench stated, “The authorities ought to not have taken drastic steps of culling the birds. We could not intrude within the stated course of. It will be the choice of the authorities primarily based on the recommendation of specialists relating to steps to be taken to curtail unfold of an infection.”

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