Category Archives: VOSD Legal Advice

The Bombay High Court order about Pet walking and Transport to Vet Clinics during lockdown

The Bombay High Court order about walking pets May 2020

The Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government to issue a clear directive to the state police to ensure ambulances or other vehicles ferrying pets and sick animals to and from veterinary clinics are not stopped during the lockdown. It also directed the state to clarify its stand on permitting residents across the state […]

Kerala High Court judgement about pet food during lock down

Kerala High Court Judgement about Pet Food

In writ petition WP(C). TMP-28 OF 2020 the Kerala High Court has specified that the essential list of food/ fodder for milch animals includes food for pets and a self declaration is sufficient for movement to procure the same. The High Court judgement of one state is by law applicable to all States in the […]


Many large Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) and Managing committees (MC) write to us asking us to take away all the stray dogs from their societies/gated community/ buildings etc. They don’t realize that relocating stray dogs is an illegal act. VOSD is the world’s largest no-kill rescue and sanctuary, and the largest provider of legal and medical expertise […]

What to do when you suspect dog cruelty?

The simplest way forward will be to approach the owner as a neighbor and concerned citizen. And offer to help with advice on living conditions, medical help, socialisation, etc. If approached directly, politely but firmly most people will both engage and give you access to the dog. That’s also the best way of assessing what’s […]

India is not alone in having a Holy Cow, even the Chinese won’t eat it

Meat is ethics, culture, religion and economics rolled into one, and strangely, morals and politics, too. This article can be downloaded in PDF here The ‘Beef Ban’ of the ‘non-liberal’ ‘fascist’ ‘BJP’ government set the beef hot pot boiling on what is claimed to have been an Indian ‘agenda’ for years – Make India ‘beef’ […]

An FAQ for dog rescuers on ‘Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules 2017’

For the first time in India, there are a comprehensive set of rules notified by the Central Government (therefore applicable across ALL states) called  Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules 2017 they appear in the Gazette of India here. They define the requirements to be met by the breeders and the establishments used for breeding, such […]

Dog Breeding & Cattle Market Rules 2017 notified

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on 25 May 2017 issued a series of notifications under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. It is now mandatory for all dog breeders and their kennels/ establishments to register themselves with the Animal Welfare Board of the respective state. For Dogs: The Dog Breeding and […]

Sexual Abuse of Street Dogs in India: An analysis of the phenomenon, the law, 1st hand accounts & press reporting

Sexual Abuse of Street Dogs in India: An analysis of the phenomenon, the law, 1st hand accounts & press reporting *** The full report can be seen and downloaded here ***. This is the 1st ever look in India of Sexual Abuse of defenseless street dogs, including: Prevalence of Sexual Abuse Scale of abuse Law(s) that provide […]

Jallikattu Judgement by the Supreme Court of India (Part III): Speciesism and Fundamental Rights on Animals

“When we look at the rights of animals from the national and international perspective, what emerges is that every species has an inherent right to live and shall be protected by law, subject to the exception provided out of necessity. Animal has also honor and dignity which cannot be arbitrarily deprived of and its rights and privacy have […]