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LHC seeks govt reply on petition against possession of lions

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) directed the wildlife department secretary to submit comments on a petition challenging the law that allows possession of wild animals, including lion. 

Justice Jawad Hassan heard the writ petition filed by Sanita Gulzar who challenged Section 12 of the Punjab Wildlife (Protection, Preservation, Conservation And Management) Act, 1974.

The petitioner’s lawyer Salman Khan Niazi stated before the court that the law which allows wild animals to be kept in homes as pets is ultra vires of the country’s Constitution.

“The wildlife Act allows possession of wild animals, which is a violation of fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution,” the counsel argued, adding animals are meted out ill treatment in captivity.

Providing wild animals their natural habitat is a fundamental right under the Constitution, he said, adding keeping them in homes is dangerous both for humans and animals.

The court was pleaded to declare the law that permits possession of wild animals void.

After a preliminary hearing, the court issued notices to official respondents to file their replies to the petition.

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