Calcutta High Court sets up 'Humane Committees' to act against 'shikar utsav'; says killing animals for pleasure as heinous as murder

The Court ordered the constitution of a “Humane Committee” in five districts of West Bengal where such animal hunting was alleged to be taking place, especially during “shikar utsavs” (hunting festivals).
Calcutta High Court
Calcutta High Court

The senseless killing of animals in the wild for pleasure or as a show of prowess is as heinous as the offence of murder, the Calcutta High Court recently opined while dealing with a case concerning ritualistic hunting festivals known as 'shikhar utsav' [Human & Environment Alliance League & Anr. v. Mr. Debal Ray, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Ors].

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