The Supreme Court on Monday refused to put a stay on the killing of Wild Boar, Monkey and Nilgai in Bihar, Uttarakhand and Hiamchal Pradesh.
Hearing the petition last week, an apex court vacation bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice L. Nageshwara Rao had agreed to hear two PILs by animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi and Wildlife Rescue and Research Centre (WRRC) who challenged the notification issued under section 62 of the Wildlife Protection Act by which these animals were declared vermin, equating them with rats and pests.
Appearing for Maulekhi and the WRRC, Senior Counsel Anand Grover told the bench that the government had already recruited people to hunt and kill these animals in the three states.
He had told the decision that was taken without undertaking any study.
Upon the mentioning of the matter by the senior counsel, the bench had said that it would hear the case a week’s time.