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Uttarakhand High Court declares ‘entire animal kingdom’ as legal entity

In a unique ruling, Uttarakhand High Court has given the status of ‘legal person or entity’ to animals in the State, saying “they have a distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person.” A division bench comprising of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Lokpal Singh bestowed the unique status to the animal kingdom which will not only include animals but also avian and aquatic species. The legal entity status to the animal kingdom will ensure protection as well as promotion of greater welfare of animal kingdom.

The court also declared all Uttarakhand natives as guardians of the animals and endowed them with duty to ensure their welfare and protection. In common law jurisprudence, there are two types of persons — natural persons or human beings and artificial person, which are also known as juristic persons, juridical entity or a legal person other than a natural person.

The order came after the public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the high court seeking restriction on movement of horse-drawn carts between Indian and Nepal through Banbasa.

Inputs from The Hindu