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Know Your Rights to Help Animals under Indian Law

It is vital to be familiar with your rights as an animal caretaker.

To learn about the rights of animals, visit Know Animals' Rights.

These are the most powerful laws in place which protect feeders and rescuers, and how to use them:

Indian Constitution Section 51A

Section 51A states that it is our constitutional duty to feed and care for animals and "and to have compassion for living creatures". Feeders have a right to feed stray animals and are upholding the constitution by doing so.

Indian Constitution Section 19

Section 19 states that Indian citizens have a right "to practise any profession, or to carry on any occupation [or] trade."

Indian Constitution Section 21

Section 21 states that, "No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law." You have the right to choose what you want to do INCLUDING feed and provide medical care to animals, as both are legal.

Indian Constitution Section 503

Section 503 states, "Whoever threatens another with any injury to his person...with intent to cause alarm to that person, or to cause that person to do any act which he is not legally bound to do, or to omit to do any act which that person is legally entitled to do, as the means of avoiding the execution of such threat, commits criminal intimidation". This section safegaurd feeders and animal caretakers from intimidation or threats by others.

Picking Poop of Pet Animals

Although we highly encourage all pet owners to pick up their own animals' waste, it is not required under Indian Law. But still, you should do it!

Any harrasment or intimidation against you or other animal caretakers should be reported to your local police and an F.I.R. filed.