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F,L,BCrTI0NCOMMLSSION OL' INDLA
Nirvach8mSsh~n, Ashoka h a d , New Delhi-11000 1.

F. No, 56/Misc./2Q12
(i) J'hc PresidenVCierleral Sccreury, All Recoynised National and Skito Political Parties
S & - I l s d l f animals in clection process- regarding.
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The Commission has received (cpresentarions from ceduir.1
indiuiduuls and arganisotinns 'alleging that uriirnals iikc horses, ponies,

dankcys, elephants, camels, bulls, ctc. are subjected

to cruelty

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different ways, in cut~trcctioi~ clwtian campaign. It is alleged that with

the animals arc often rnade

tcr carry

loads beyond permissible limits,

made to work h r long !lours, and some candidates evcn paint slogans and

cloction syrr~bols anirl~als on using harmful chemicals.

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'ilhc Commission has considcrcd thc rnalter. 'fhc mdrcs/work~rs f o

political palties and candidales, in their cl~thusiasm, should not losc sight
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of the legal provisions dealing with cruelty to onimals. Article 51 A (gj ~ F t t n ~ o n s h h ~ W W c &ampusion 6 r k v i u @ ~ u r e s a n $ raHs

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the Prevcntinn of Cn~eltyto Animuls Act, 19GO and Wildlife Yrotcclion
Act, 1972 proflibit over- drives,

over loads and torture of animals.

Further, ~lleuse csf animuls for work is rcgulattd by the Prevention of

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Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animals Rules, 1965.
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Ijaving rcgurcl GI thc abr~vc,the (lornmission hereby advises the

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Pcrlitical Parties and candidsrtcs that ithey should refrain tiom using any

mimalu for elcction campaign in any msnricr. If at all use o f animals is unavoidable ror any 'panicularreason. they should unsure hat there is no

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~ricted out to ttlc ut~im:rls, and t l u ~then: is no violurir,~~ . ul'ariy d t h c legal
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~-tmvisigns nici~lionedrt para 2 abuve. i 4. The Ct~icfUlectorai 0IXcc.r~arc ulsa rcqucsted to brin~ these instructions to the notice of the District Election Officers, Returning

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0ficor.s and all other elcction related authorities for informatian and
o f elucrions, in the mocting with political prtics and candidates, they

.-._.:: compliance. ?'he DLOs and KOs sbould also bc isnce that at the time , ntltd
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provisions of

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any of rhc above memioncd laws.

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-1'hc Commission has also addressed separate letter to thc political

parties in llris regurd, a copy nf which i enclosed, It is squestcd s

that

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lerr~.l- the political parties may be gni to

dolivcred to all

State Units of liticd parties based in your Stak/UI: in~ludir~g

rccogniscd National I'arties and State Parties of rrthcr States.

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Please acknowledge! receipt of this letter.

Yours faithfully,

(K.F. WILFRED) PKLNC1PA.L SECTCETAltY