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Animal sacrifice in temples an offence: HC 

Dehradun, September 20
The sacrifice of animals in temples across the state has been recognised as an offence following a sustained campaign by various animal rights organisations led by the People for Animals (PFA), Uttarakhand.
Shiv Singh Bisht, a resident of Bageshwar, had recently filed a petition in the Nainital High Court asking for relief against the HC’s order banning animal sacrifice in temples. The objective of the petition was to get permission to slaughter animals at a temple at Kot Bhramri in Bageshwar. The court of Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Chief Justice Barin Ghosh at the Nainital High Court today rejected the petition and reufsd permission to slaughter animals.
Meanwhile, the PFA has also raised concern about the upcoming festival of Dasehra and submitted a list of 30 temples before Chief Secretary Alok Jain, stating that the District Magistrates must be alerted well in advance so that they may seek the availability of additional force in order to prevent contempt of the HC order that calls for a ban on such practice.
“Also, as directed by the court, the government needs to issue advertisements in various newspapers to make the general public aware that killing animals for religious purposes is a crime and shall be punishable under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960,” observed Gauri Maulekhi, member secretary, PFA, Uttarakhand.
PLEA REJECTED
* Shiv Singh Bisht, a resident of Bageshwar, had filed a petition in the Nainital High Court asking for relief from ban on animal sacrifice in temples.
* He wanted permission to sacrifice animals at a temple at Kot Bhramri in Bageshwar.az The court of Chief Justice Barin Ghosh and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia on Thursday rejected the petition and refused permission.


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