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Declare animal kingdom a legal entity: PIL in Supreme Court

Can the entire animal kingdom be declared a legal entity having rights like a living person? The SC on Wednesday agreed to examine a PIL raising such a demand even as a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said it was difficult to grant it.

Raising the issue of cruelty to animals, petitioner ‘People’s Charioteer Organisation’ urged the top court to declare the entire animal kingdom, including avian and aquatic species, a legal entity having a distinct persona with corresponding rights of a living person.

The counsel said animals can be considered as equal to humans.