Public Interest litigation in Kerala High Court against decisions barring pets
Public Interest litigation in Kerala High Court against decisions barring pets

The Public Interest Litigation (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''.  Many housing societies, apartment associations and RWAs' decision to bar residents from keeping pets in their homes has been challenged in the Kerala High Court by an animal welfare organization, which has contended that banning pets was "illegal, arbitrary and unfair".

In its petition, filed through advocates K S Hariharaputhran and Bhanu Thilak, PFA said that it has received plenty of complaints from pet owners/pet parents against the ban imposed by various apartment associations, housing societies and residents welfare associations across the state. PFA further contended that under 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 organization said that the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) in 2015 issued guidelines which advise pet owners to ensure that their pets are not a source of nuisance to others, but it also made clear that no amount of pressure from any source should lead to the abandonment of the pets and that doing so is a violation of t h e law.

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