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Plea In Kerala High Court Against Societies, Residents’ Associations To Bar Pets

The plea seeks course from all of the house associations. (File)

Kochi:

Many housing societies, house associations, and RWAs” determination to bar residents from conserving pets of their houses has been challenged within the Kerala High Court by an animal welfare organisation, which has contended that banning pets was “illegal, arbitrary and unfair”.

The PIL has been moved by People for Animals (PFA), contending that “such associations cannot frame bye laws or amend them in a manner at variance with the law of the country even by obtaining a consensus or by a complete majority”.

In its petition, filed via advocates Okay S Hariharaputhran and Bhanu Thilak, PFA mentioned that it has acquired loads of complaints from pet homeowners/pet mother and father in opposition to the ban imposed by varied house associations, housing societies, and residents welfare associations (RWAs) throughout the state.

“Complaints were also received as to the notices and intimations given to pet owners/pet parents from such associations, asking them to abandon their pets,” the petition mentioned.

PFA additional contended that beneath the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, “it is an offense to abandon a pet without any reasonable cause and in any circumstances which render it likely that the pet will suffer pain by reason of starvation or thirst”.

The petitioner organisation mentioned that the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) in 2015 issued tips which advise pet homeowners to make sure that their pets are usually not a supply of nuisance to others, but it surely additionally made clear that no quantity of strain from any supply ought to result in an abandonment of the pets and that doing so is a violation of the regulation.

The plea seeks course from all of the house associations, RWAs, and housing societies to adjust to the AWBI tips of 2015.

It additionally seeks course from the native self-government our bodies to resolve points relating to the ban on conserving pets.

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