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HC notice on sale of zoo animals Monday, September 3, 2001
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: The High Court has issued notices to the authorities in connection with the sale of zoo animals by Kankaria Zoo. This follows a petition by Ahimsa Maha Sangha.
A full-bench comprising Chief Justice DM Dharmadhikari, Justice RK Abhichandani and Justice KR Vyas issued notices to the commissioner of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Superintendent of Kamla Nehru Zoo complex and the member secretary of Central Zoo Authority on Friday. The notices have been made returnable on September 7.
The petitioner organisation has asked the HC to restrain the zoo authorities from selling, transferring or parting with the custody of animals or birds from Kankaria Zoo. In addition, it has requested the Court to direct the authorities to recover birds and animals that have been sold and to repay the amount collected thereby. A stay against sale of animals has also been sought.
The petitioner trust, which is involved in protection of wild-life and has maintaining environmental symbiotic equilibrium as one of its major objectives, filed the public interest litigation following reports about sale of about 16 species of animals and birds by Kankaria Zoo.
It was submitted that the animals and birds were transported to another environment in the custody of a private individual.
Giving example of how four 'Tibetan goats' were huddled in a small autorickshaw and transported, the petitioner alleged that the zoo authorities and others have contributed to the cruelty to the animals.
Important amongst the contentions was that if there was a multiplicity of animals and birds they could have been shifted to Indroda Park at Gandhinagar or at Sundervan, but there was no justification in selling them to private individuals without ascertaining the environment in which they were sent or otherwise.
The authorities could have bartered the animals with other zoos or measures could have been taken to control reproduction of such animals.
The animal rights organisation then contended the above decisions of the zoo authorities were contrary to the national policy and provisions which were specifically restricting such sale or transfer.
It is in the interest of animals, species concerned that the necessary habitat -- including the type of food, shelter, atmosphere and temperature, water resources as well as the environment for protection, growth and reproduction of such specific species of birds and or animals -- is provided in the place or area where this specific bird or animal is kept.
The petitioner then stated that some of these birds and animals require special care and attention. It is often found that private owners fail to take due care.
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