Judges Handle Last-Minute Requests for Animal Killing Pleas Hours Before Eid al-Adha

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday informed a petitioner that "Bakri Eid has been on the calendar for the better part of the year."
Judges Handle Last-Minute Requests for Animal Killing Pleas Hours Before Eid al-Adha

In New Delhi: According to Bar and Bench, courts were inundated with last-minute requests from parties asking to stop animal slaughter or grant authorization for it before Eid al-Adha today, June 29. At least three high courts expressed their anger with the timing.
A last-minute request for permission to slaughter animals on the premises of the complex was considered before the Bombay high court by a division bench of Justices G.S. Patel and Neela Gokhale.
We express our profound displeasure at the frequent submission of such applications at the last minute. According to Bar and Bench, the court stated that Bakri Eid has been planned for the majority of the year.

According to LiveLaw, a different bench of the Bombay high court, made up of Justices G.S. Kulkarni and Jitendra Jain, heard a request late on Wednesday night to forbid "illegal killing of animals" at the Nathani Heights housing complex.

The court ordered the Brihanmumbai Municipal Council to take proper legal action against anyone killing animals without a permit from the BMC.

Initially, the petition asked for an immediate halt to the animal slaughter, but the court rejected that request.

The high courts in Delhi and Calcutta similarly viewed hurried applications harshly.

According to Bar and Bench, in Delhi, a vacation bench of Justices C. Hari Shankar and Manoj Jain declined to rule on a claim that Eid al-Adha should be entirely free of animal slaughter.

The appeal of petitioner Ajay Gautam was forwarded to the Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma-led bench, where it was already on the docket.

The court ordered Gautam not to linger too long when he pressed for a comment on the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2000.

Also, the bench of the Calcutta High Court chaired by Chief Justice T.S. Sivagnanam declined to issue a ruling in a petition that demanded an immediate hearing about the purported sale of cows throughout the state for the purpose of slaughter.

"We trust that you (the petitioners) are aware of the calendar and the day when Bakri-Eid will be observed. You therefore had plenty time, however you arrived just one day prior to the festival', the judge reportedly said, as quoted in Bar and Bench.