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HC issues notice on killing of animals in name of sacrifice

Karnataka High Court today ordered issue of notice to the State, Animal Welfare Board of India and the Dargah Shariff Hazrat Sajjad Shah of Humnabad taluk, Bidar district in a petition praying for a direction to the respondents to stop killing of animals in the name of sacrifice in the State.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Bangalore
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2005 07:26 PM IST

Karnataka High Court today ordered issue of notice to the State, Animal Welfare Board of India and the Dargah Shariff Hazrat Sajjad Shah of Humnabad taluk, Bidar district in a petition praying for a direction to the respondents to stop killing of animals in the name of sacrifice in the State.

A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Nauvdip Kumar Sodhi and Justice B Padmaraj, ordered issue of notice in the public interest writ petition filed by "Akhila Karnataka Prani Daya Sangha" here.

The petitioner submitted that it was a "non-communal" organisation formed for the welfare of animals. It stated that "followers of both Hindu religion and Islam tenets are committing the act of animal killing in the name of scrifice".

According to the petitioner, thousands of animals were being sacrificed in the name of religion in various dargahs on the eve of Bakrid.

The petitioner contended that these killings were in violation of the laws pertaining to prevention of cruelty to animals.

The judges adjourned further hearing of the petition.

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