Animals Declared As ‘Legal Persons’ In Uttarakhand

In a first, the Uttarakhand High Court accorded the status of ‘legal person or entity’ to the animals in the state. The HC stated that “they have a distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person.”

The unique status was bestowed upon the state’s animals by a division bench of judges comprising Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Lokpal Singh while issuing a series of directions to prevent cruelty against animals.
Source- India Today
Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI PO/Clerk Exam 2018-
  • In March 2017, the Uttarakhand High Court had accorded the status of ‘living human entities’ to the Ganga and Yamuna, the two most sacred rivers of India.
  • Uttarakhand CM- Trivendra Singh Rawat, Governor- Krishan Kant Paul.