Vermin status for Shimla monkeys challenged in HP HC appealing right to life guaranteed by Article 21 extend to animals too

SHIMLA- A petition seeking quashing of notification issued by the Union Environment and Forest Ministry declaring monkeys as vermin in the Shimla municipal area has been filed in the High Court. The petition has challenged the notification issued by the Union Ministry on March 14 declaring monkeys as “vermin” for the next six months in the jurisdiction of the Shimla MC. It was further contended in the petition that this notification violated the constitutional mandate of protecting wild animals and environment. It has been further contended that it is a well established principle that right to life guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution of India extends to animals as well. Read More: Vijay AroraTNS

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