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Animal Welfare Board approaches Supreme Court against Kerala dog culling
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Animal Welfare Board approaches Supreme Court against Kerala dog culling

Murali Krishnan

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court by the Animal Welfare Board of India, challenging a 2006 judgment of the Kerala High Court which empowers local self government institutions to kill stray dogs.

The petition was filed after the Kerala government recently decided to eliminate stray dogs after a spate of dog attacks on people.

The matter was heard by a Division Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and PC Pant today which tagged the case with an earlier matter challenging a similar decision of the Bombay High Court. The Court, however, refused to stay the judgment of the Kerala High Court.

Senior Advocate Shyam Divan represented the Petitioner while Senior Advocate R Basant appeared for Kerala government.

The petitioner has relied on an interim order passed by the Supreme Court by which it had stayed a Bombay High Court judgment allowing culling of stray dogs.

The Court said that it will hear the matter along with the appeal against that Bombay High Court judgment which is pending before the Court.

Interestingly, an advocate who appeared in the matter without wearing her gown nearly managed to get the matter dismissed by pressing with her arguments despite the court tagging the matter with the earlier case.