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June 10, 2019 - Vice

Punjab and Haryana High Court Rules That Animals Are Legal Persons

Punjab and Haryana High Court Rules That Animals Are Legal Persons
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But then, can you eat ‘legal persons’?

The order states that, “The entire animal kingdom including avian and aquatic are declared as legal entities having a distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person. All the citizens throughout the State of Haryana are hereby declared persons in loco parentis (responsible for a child in parents' absence) as the human face for the welfare/protection of animals."

There is no explicit mention in the 106-page ruling against the slaughter of animals other than cows. In fact, the central Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, says that animals can be killed for food if they aren’t subjected to unnecessary suffering. And the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, specifies the species that can be slaughtered include bovines, suillines, ovines, caprines, poultry, fish, and domesticated rabbits.

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