Cuttack: The Odisha High Court on Wednesday directed the State Government to take strong steps to check the illegal transportation of cattle from different districts of the state to outside.
The division bench of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice S K Mishra directed the police to rescue the cattle that are transported in an inhuman manner and seize the vehicles in which they are transported.
Asking the Director General of Police to intensify night patrolling on National Highways, the court also directed the state police to register cases against the persons transporting cattle in an inhuman manner and ensure the strict implementation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Slaughter Act.
The direction came in the wake of two PILs filed by Gadadhar Sahoo, General Secretary of the city based Legal Support and Social Association and Suresh Kumar Panda, President, Biswa Go Surakhya Bahini.
The petitioners had argued that the cattle are taken to slaughter houses in terrifying manner which violates the provisions of Prevention of Cruelty (Animals) Act and Rules governing thereof.
Source: 360 NS