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DNMUM127392 | 3/9/2009 | Author : Ashwin Aghor | WC :317 | Nature & Environment

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6 booked for violating Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rules

Deonar police have booked six persons for allegedly violating norms for transporting camels.
According to information, the animals were brought in the city for a religious procession organised by Anjuman Haideri Hallaur, Govandi.
The organisation had taken permission from Animal Welfare Board of India, Chennai to use five camels for a procession on March 6 from 12 am to 7.30 pm. However, after the programme, the camels were transported on foot. "At around 7.45 pm, we got information that the camels were being transported on foot from Shivaji Nagar in Govandi to Vashi," said Karim Khan of People in Defence of Animals (PIDA), an NGO working for animal welfare.
The information was immediately passed on to the police and the people transporting the camels were intercepted on Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road. "These persons did not have medical certificate and ownership certificate of the animals," Khan said.
The news spread in the area like wildfire and soon hundreds of people, including local corporator and office-bearers of Anjuman Haideri Hallaur gathered at the spot and tried to interrupt police action. The cops, however, booked Mukhtar Rizvi, general secretary of Anjuman Haideri Hallaur and five others under section 12 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Transportation of Animals) Rules, 2001. According to these rules, transportation of animals on foot before sunrise and after sunset is banned. The five camels were seized by the police on Friday evening.
This is for the second time that the organisation has been penalised for illegal use of camels within city limits.
"Since we did not have any arrangement to keep the animals, they were released after taking action and imposing fine on the offenders under relevant sections of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Transportation of Animals) Rules, 2001," said BJ Wakse, sub-inspector, Deonar police station.

Photo Caption: A camel being used as a part of a procession at Trombay on Friday.-Mukesh Trivedi/DNA



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