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The fight for legal personhood of non-human animals has been long and arduous with many obstacles. However, thankfully, the tides seem to be changing. Earlier this year, a U.S. judge stated that chimpanzees are not “things,” implying that laws regarding animal ownership need to change. Though chimpanzees and dolphins have been leading the fight for legal personhood of animals, a state in India has made a groundbreaking ruling that grants rights to all animals and legally makes people stewards of protection for animals!

This decision was made on July 4th of this year in the Uttarakhand high court after petitioner Narayan Dutt Bhatt requested improved rights for horses and mules who pull carts across the India-Nepal border and are reportedly being abused while doing so. The court, headed by justices Rajiv Sharma and Lok Pal Singh, ruled that these working animals would not be allowed to work during extreme temperatures, they placed weight restrictions for their loads, and they made it a requirement for these animals to receive veterinary care, shelter, proper markings on their carts to prevent accidents, as well as giving them the right of way in traffic and limited working hours with regular food and water.

These incredible revisions then led to the court ruling that “all members of the animal kingdom including birds and aquatic life have similar rights as humans.” They also stated that ordained animals throughout Uttarakhand should be treated as “legal entities having a distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person.

The ruling also prohibits the use of sharp tackle or equipment like spikes on yokes in a further effort to protect animals. Additionally, the court ruled that all people are legally obliged to be guardians and protectors of animals’ rights and welfare, stating, “All the citizens throughout the state are hereby declared persons in loco parentis as the human face for the welfare/protection of animals.

Although this court ruling needs further ratification by the national Supreme Court before officially becoming law, this groundbreaking ruling is certainly something to celebrate, and we hope Uttarakhand’s progressive ideas serve as inspiration for the rest of the world.

Want to learn more about the fight for legal personhood of animals? Then check out these articles here and here.

And remember to share this wonderful news with your network as a reminder that a more humane world is possible!

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David Maskalick, Ph.D.
1 Months Ago

This is truly wonderful!!

2 Months Ago

According to the Catholic Church, animals other than humans ARE "things."

What is wrong with inciting intense dislike of a religion if the activities or teachings of that religion are so outrageous, irrational or abusive of human rights that they deserve to be intensely disliked? -- Rowan Atkinson

Totally agree with Atkinson! "...a Neapolitan peasant, having learned from his parish priest that animals are not \'moral persons,\' can go home after Mass and with a clear conscience give his donkey a thorough taste of the switch." -- from "Men, Beasts, and Gods - A History of Cruelty and Kindness to Animals" by Gerald Carson

In my high-school biology book, nonhuman animals are conflated (mixed and combined with) plants and minerals:

CATHOLIC HIGH-SCHOOL FRESHMAN GREGOR MENDEL EDITION, ENTITLED "MODERN BIOLOGY." The Foreword makes it explicitly clear that this is a creationist/faith-based edition.

There\'s a chart drawn showing "GOD the CREATOR" in a box at the very top of the chart.

The next box under God [no pun intended] reads "CREATURES," from which two other boxes stem, entitled "MATTER" and "SPIRIT," respectively.

Under the "MATTER" box stem boxes for the mineral and vegetable "kingdoms," as well as a box entitled "ANIMAL \'KINGDOM\'."

Under the "SPIRIT" box, however, is a box reserved exclusively for humans and angels. So apparently they want you to believe that conscious, thinking, feeling, caring, emphatic, and socially aware animals are nothing more than mere "matter," like wood or stones, devoid of inner lives, mind, spirit, emotions, so on.

Isabel Maria
2 Months Ago


Pamela Tate
2 Months Ago

So much animal cruelty goes on in India, so hopefully this is a start. I won\'t hold my breath!

2 Months Ago


2 Months Ago

As I posted this news to my animal group I thought about the fact that there is a lot of abuse and neglect in India so what does this mean in reality? It is surely a step forward and will give those who protect animals leverage to convict or whatever else they can do. Let us hope this makes some difference.

Harley Robert
2 Months Ago

This sounds great but India doesn\'t bother to enforce the animal welfare laws so don\'t get too excited about this.

Muriel Servaege
2 Months Ago


Rebecca Vitale Mandich
11 Jul 2018

What a great day in India for the Animals this law should be worldwide ..Animals don\'t be;on to us ..they belong to themselves and know how to live with us interfering and using them and killing them for our desires ...

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