Sections Particulars
Chapter I Preliminary
1 Short title extent and commencement
-(1) This Act may be called the prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. (2) It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. (3) It...
2 Definitions
– In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, - (a)"animal'' means any living creature other than a human being; (b)"Board'' means the Animal Welfare...
3 Duties of persons having charge of animals
– It shall be the duty of every person having the care of charge of any animal to take all reasonable measures to ensure the wellbeing of such animal and to ...
Chpater II Animal Welfare Board
4 Establishment of Animal Welfare Board
-(1) For the promotion of animal welfare generally and for the purpose of protecting animals from being subject to unnecessary pain or suffering, in particula...
5 Constitution of the Board
-(1) The Board shall consist of the following persons, namely:-(a) the Inspector-General of Forests, Government of India, ex officio;(b) the Animal Husbandry...
6 Term of office and conditions of services of members of the Board
(1) Save as otherwise provided in this section, the term of office a member of the Board shall be three years. (2) Subject to the provisions contained in sub-...
7 Secretary and other employees of the Board
-(1) The Central Government shall appoint one of is officers to be the Secretary of the Board. (2) Subject to such rules as may be made by the Central Govern...
8 Funds of the Board
– The funds of the Board shall consist of grants made to it from time to time by the Government and of contributions, donations, subscriptions, bequests, gif...
9 Function of the Board
– The functions of the Board shall be-(a) to keep the law in force in India for the prevention of cruelty to animals under constant study and advise the Gover...
10 Power of Board to make regulations
– The Board may, subject to the previous approval of the Central Government, make such regulations as it may think fit for the administration of its affairs ...
Chapter III Cruelty To Animals Generally
11 Treating animals cruelly
(1) If any person-(a) beats, kicks, over-rides, over-drives, over-loads, tortures or otherwise treats any animals so as to subject it to unnecessary pain or s...
12 Penalty for practicing phooka or doom dev
– If any person performs upon any cow or other milch animal the operation called phooka or doom dev or permits such operation being performed upon any such a...
13 Destruction of suffering animals
-(1) Where the owner of an animal is convicted of an offence under section 11, it shall be lawful for the court, if the court is satisfied that it would be c...
Chapter IV Expenrimentation On Animals
14 Experiments on animals
– Nothing contained a this Act shall render unlawful the performance of experiments (including experiments involving operations) on animals for the purpose o...
15 Committee for control and supervision of experiments on animals
-(1) If at any time, on the advice of the Board, the Central Government is of opinion that it is necessary so to do for the purpose of controlling and superv...
16 Staff of the Committee
– Subject to the control of the Central Government, the Committee may appoint such number of officers and other employees as may be necessary to enable it to...
17 Duties of the Committee and power of the Committee to make rules relating to experiments on animals
- (1) It shall be the duty of the Committee to take all such measures as may be necessary to ensure that animals are not subjected to unnecessary pain or suff...
18 Power of entry and Inspection
– For the purpose of ensuring that the rules made by it are being complied with, the Committee may authorize any of its officers or any other persons in writ...
19 Power to prohibit experiments on animals
– If the Committee is satisfied, on the report of any officer or other person made to it as a result of any inspection under section 18 or otherwise, that th...
20 Penalties
–If any person-(a) contravenes any order made by the Committee under section 19; or (b) commits a breach of any condition imposed by the Committee under that...
Chapter V Preforming Animals
21 Exhibit and train defined
– In this Chapter, ``exhibit means exhibit at any entertainment to which the public are admitted through sale of tickets and ``train'' means train for the pu...
22 Restriction on exhibition of performing animals
– No person shall exhibit or train-(i) any performing animal unless he is registered in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter;(ii) as a performing a...
23 Procedure for registration
- (1) Every person desirous of exhibiting or training and performing animal shall, on making an application in the prescribed form to the prescribed authority...
24 Power of court to prohibit restrict exhibition and training of performing animals
-(1) Where it is proved to the satisfaction of any magistrate on a complaint made by a police officer or an officer authorized in writing by the prescribed a...
25 Power to enter premises
-(1) Any person authorized in writing by the prescribed authority referred to in section 23 and any police officer not below the rank of sub-inspector may-(a...
26 Offences
– If any person-(a) not being registered under this Chapter, exhibits or trains any performing animal; or (b) being registered under this Act, exhibits or tra...
27 Exemptions
– Nothing contained in this Chapter shall apply to-(a) the training of animals for bona fide military or police purpose or the exhibition of any animals so t...
Chapter VI Miscellaneous
28 Saving as respects manner of killing prescribed by religion
– Nothing contained in this Act shall render it an offence to kill any animal in a manner required by the religion of any community. ...
29 Power of court to deprive person convicted of ownership of animal
-(1) If the owner of any animal is found guilty of any offence under this Act, the court, upon his conviction thereof, may, if it thinks fit, in addition to ...
30 Presumption as to guilt in certain cases
– If any person is charged with the offence of killing a goat, cow or its progeny contrary to the provisions of clause (l) of sub-section (1) of section 11, ...
31 Cognizability of offences
– Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898, an offence punishable under clause (l), clause (n) or clause (o) of sub-section...
32 Powers of search and seizure
-(1) If a police officer not below the rank of sub-inspector or any person authorized by the State Government in this behalf has reason to believe that an off...
33 Search warrants
-(1) If a magistrate of the first or second class or a presidency magistrate or a sub-divisional magistrate or a commissioner of police, or district superint...
34 General power of seizure for examination
– Any police officer above the rank of a constable or any person authorized by the State Government in this behalf, who has reason to believe that an offence...
35 Treatment and care of animals
- (1) The State Government may, by general or special order, appoint infirmaries for the treatment and care for animals in respect of which offences against ...
36 Limitation of prosecutions
– A prosecution for an offence against this Act shall, not be instituted after the expiration of three months from the date of the commission of the offence....
37 Delegation of powers
– The Central Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, direct that all or any of the powers exercisable by it under this Act, may, . subject ...
38 Power to make rules.
-(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, and subject to the condition of previous publication, make rules to carry out the p...
39 Persons authorized under section 34 to be public servants
– Every person authorized by the State Government under section 34 shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal...
40 Indemnity
– No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against any person who is, or who is deemed to be, a public servant within the meaning of section 2...
41 Repeal of Act II of 1890
– Where in pursuance of a notification under sub-section (3) of section 1 any provision of this Act comes into force in any State, any provision of the Preven...
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