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Delhi HC seeks response on illegal poultry slaughtering

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The High Court on Friday asked the government and others to file a response on a plea seeking a ban on illegal slaughter of poultry birds in the national capital including at the Murga

A bench of Acting and Justice C asked the Agricultural Marketing Board, government, to Animals and other authorities to file a response and listed the matter for April 24 as the next date of hearing.

The court was hearing a plea filed by animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi, who alleged that there is indiscriminate violation of animal rights and blatant abuse of animal welfare laws in Murga

Maulekhi's told the court that the poultry birds are openly slaughtered in the market without obtaining any licence for slaughter and in complete violation of the law.

The petitioner has requested the court to issue a direction to the Commissioner of the Department to stop illegal slaughter of poultry birds in any other place in the national capital and that all such slaughter is only done in compliance with the and Standards Authority of (FSSAI) Licence and Registration Regulation.

The also requested for the formation of a committee for conducting weekly inspections at the Ghazipur Murga in order to ensure that animals are not treated in contravention of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

The petition alleged that the market is operating without consent under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act and also violates the Protection Act as it is operating without obtaining clearance.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 19:24 IST