Kerala HC Pays Tribute to “Bruno” Dog by Renaming Suo Motu Case as “In Re Bruno”

On Friday, the Kerala High Court while hearing the suo motu case on Animal Cruelty recorded its tribute to a Dog “Bruno”, who was brutally killed by three persons in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Court recorded that 

“To begin with, we direct the Registry to rename this writ petition as “In Re: Bruno (Suo Moto Public Interest Litigation Proceedings initiated by the High Court in the matter of executive and legislative inaction of the State Government in the matter of Protection of Animal Rights)”. We feel that this would be a fitting tribute to the hapless dog that succumbed to acts of human cruelty, and disturbed by which incident we had initiated these proceedings.”

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Three persons from Adimalathura brutally beaten a nine-year-old labrador dog to death on Monday at 10 a.m. 

Bruno, owned by G Christhurajan, is alleged to have been resting near one of the fishing boats berthed on the coast when the trio grabbed hold of him, hung him on a fisherman’s hook, and viciously battered him while simultaneously filming their own barbarism. 

One of the three kept beating the dog even after he died, and his body was later tossed into the sea.

Kerala High Court as issued following directions to prevent animal cruelty:

  1.  State Government must also issue directions to the local self government Institutions ie. the Corporations, Municipalities and Panchayats in the State, to comply with their respective statutory obligations as regards provision of animal shelters, dog pounds, cattle sheds etc., and further ensure that there is no delay occasioned in such compliance on account of insufficiency of funds.
  2. State Government shall explore the possibility of promoting and holding animal adoption camps throughout the State, at periodic intervals of not less than thrice a year, where persons can be encouraged to adopt animals that have been abandoned by their owners, and are left to wander in the streets in search of food and shelter. Care has to be taken to ensure that adoption in such camps is always in the best interests of the animal concerned. 
  3. Government shall also explore the possibility of entrusting the District Administrations across the State, with the power to enquire into complaints of infringement of animal rights and cruelty to animals, as also instances where persons are prevented from keeping pets of their choice in their residential apartments.

The Court has appointed Senior Advocate Sri.S.Ramesh Babu and Adv.Sri.T.C. Suresh Menon, as Amici Curiae in this matter and posted the matter for hearing on 13.07.2021.

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