Petition in HC by Pune pet owners seeks quashing of order prohibiting pets on hills

The Bombay excessive court docket (HC) directed the state forest division to answer a writ petition filed by Pune residents who objected to the discover issued by the division in January 2021 whereby pet house owners had been kept away from taking pet canine onto the town’s hills/tekdis

By KAY Dodhiya, Mumbai

PUBLISHED ON MAR 22, 2021 12:56 AM IST

The Bombay excessive court docket (HC) directed the state forest division to answer a writ petition filed by Pune residents who objected to the discover issued by the division in January 2021 whereby pet house owners had been kept away from taking pet canine onto the town’s hills/tekdis. The petition has contended that the restraining discover issued below the Maharashtra Forest Guidelines, 2014, is extremely vires of the opposite enactments associated to wildlife and prevention of cruelty to animals, therefore must be quashed and put aside.

The petition which got here up for listening to earlier than the bench of justice S J Kathawalla and justice Milind Jadhav on March 15 was knowledgeable by advocates Kalyani Tulankar and Ajinkya Udane that the petitioners had been pet mother and father, and every had two canine. Because the petitioners are residing in flats in Pune, they or their relations took the canine for brisk walks on the tekdi behind ILS Legislation Faculty commonly. Nonetheless, on January 4, a discover issued by the forest division officers prohibited the entry of the canine on the tekdi.

The petition averred that on inquiry the petitioners learnt that because the tekdi was dwelling to peacocks, hares, snakes, birds and different animals, the discover had prohibited canine as they’ll frighten or kill the wild animals. The petition states that the idea was not legitimate because the pets had been on a leash, therefore they might not have the ability to frighten or kill the wild animals.

The petition additionally said that as per the Indian Forest Act, 1927 and Wild Life (Safety) Act, 1972 the officers weren’t empowered to problem any prohibitory orders and as per and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 such a prohibition would entail that they (petitioners) can be punishable for not exercising their pets. In such a situation the prohibitory discover of January 2021 must be put aside and quashed and the petitioners and different pet house owners must be allowed to take their pets to the tekdi for exercising their pets.

After listening to the submissions the bench directed that Pune Municipal Company must be added as a celebration to the petition and in addition directed the forest division represented by their officers in HC to file their response to the petition in every week and posted additional listening to fo the petition on March 23.

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