Using animals in protest would constitute “animal cruelty,”: Madras High Court

The Madras High Court recently dismissed a man’s petition to use a buffallo for protest stating that such act would constitute animal cruelty. The matter was between K Muthu v. The State and another. (W .P.No.21 681 of 2022) and was presided over by Hon’ble Mr. Justice N. Satish Kumar.


Writ Petition filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India seeking the issuance of a Writ of Certiorarized Mandamus requesting the records relating to the order made by the second respondent bearing Seyalmurai Aanai and to quash the same as illegal. The petitioner had objected to the Inspector of Police’s decision and asked for authorization to use a microphone to protest while handing a petition to a buffalo.


The hon’ble court observed that
At the outset, this Court is of the view that to make such democratic protest, animals need not be subjected to cruelty. Therefore, the prayer as sought for by the petitioner to take buffalo or any other animal and keep them from morning to evening cannot be permitted. Such act itself would amount to cruelty of the animals and violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.”

When the petitioner’s attorney asked for permission to hold a democratic demonstration devoid of the use of animals, the court ordered the responding police to take the attorney’s argument into consideration and give permission with the customary restrictions.

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