New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on October 10 refused to entertain a plea to direct the government to declare the cow a national animal.
It was said that the purpose of the petition was to protect cows in this country.
The Bengal tiger or the Panthera Tigris is recognized as India’s national animal.
As per Live Law, a bench comprising Justices S K Kaul and Abhay Shreeniwas Oka allowed the petitioners to withdraw the plea after a request to that effect was made at the end of the hearing today.The public Interest litigation (PIL) was filed by Non-Government Organization (NGO) Govansh Sewa Sadan and others. They through the PIL had sought directions to the center from the SC to declare the cow as a national animal.
The bench asked, “Is this the job of the court? Why do you file such petitions where we are compelled to impose costs? Which fundamental right is violated? Should we throw the law to the winds because you come to court?”
“Cow protection is very important for the Indian Government… Its urine is used, and cow dung is used for agricultural purposes. Cows have to be protected,” the petitioner’s lawyer argued vehemently.
The court said It would be better for the petitioner to withdraw his plea.
The petition was ultimately voted down as withdrawn.