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PIL in Supreme Court says rampant artificial insemination of cattle is cruel and should be banned

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New Delhi: A person from the field of animal husbandry has approached the Supreme Court to stop the “indiscriminate” use of Artificial Reproduction Techniques (ART) on livestock, avoiding the animals’ natural reproduction processes.

The PIL filed by Dr S Venkatesh says that such rampant use of ART has led to the loss of biodiversity among cattle and animals in general, also leading to a huge decrease in male cattle.

The Supreme Court bench led by the Chief Justice S. A. Bobde today agreed to take up the PIL and has issued notices to Union government departments. The Chief Justice said they were not experts in the field and wanted responses from the Animal Husbandry and Dairy development department, the Animal Welfare Board of India among others.

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The PIL asks for the declaration of such techniques, used without any proven biomedical need, as cruel, illegal, mala fide, and contrary to the established principles of law.

-India Legal Bureau

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