Desecrating the Silent Majority Critical Analysis of Animal Laws in India
Volume III, Issue II, 2020
The reminiscent memories of our childhood may remind some of us of monkeys dancing to the beat of the drums or a snake being enchanted by the tunes of a snake charmer, growing up, however, the reality seems contradictory, distraught and disappointing. From wearing their skin on our wrists, their furs on our back and immuring them into cages the truth of human brutality towards these voices less creatures remains beyond our grasps.
In order to vocalise these silent majority this article critically analysis various animal welfare legislation in India. Unfortunately, the growth of animal laws is stunted in India. This field of law is considered less important, more emotional and poor pragmatic approach is taken while responding to the suffering of animals.
Although, there exist a number of animal welfare laws yet, there is a need to recognise and understand the difference between animal welfare and animals’ rights. Where Animal welfare works towards minimizing an animal’s suffering, Animal rights are the inherent rights of animals, much like human rights are inherent rights by the virtue of being a human.
The question that still remains unanswered is whether these rescue attempts are truly saving or protecting a population of animals that are “strictly” protected under various animal laws in India? In the end, the aim of any legislation should not be mere sustainability but a better quality of life.