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SC to decide whether birds have a right to fly

Sat, Nov 21, 2015, 12:06 PM
Hyderabad, Nov 21: Is caging birds a violation of their fundamental right to fly?

This is a question the Supreme Court has agreed to look into and decide on.

The issue came up before the SC bench of Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justices Shiva Kirti Singh and Amitava Roy after the Gujarat High Court held that birds have a fundamental right to move freely in the sky. Therefore, they must not be caged, the Gujarat HC ruled.

The SC bench agreed to examine the validity of a Gujarat High Court order.

The Gujarat HC's ruling came after authorities seized 494 birds from hawkers. A case was filed in this connection in the Gujarat HC.

In its ruling, the Gujarat HC said caging birds would be tantamount to illegal confinement, which violates the rights of birds to live in their natural environment.

A Pet Lovers' Association, an NGO, challenged the HC order in the Supreme Court.

The Association said the Gujarat HC order is illegal as it is contrary to the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Wild Life Protection Act.

Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for the NGO, told the SC bench that the Gujarat HC order is being misused by government authorities.
Agency: Ap7am Desk
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