The prevention of cruelty to animals act, 1960(59 of 1960)


The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (59 of 1960) (26th December, 1960)


  • To prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals and for that purpose to amend the law relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals.

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960
(59 of 1960)

As amended by Central Act 26 of 1982.
Arrangement of sections

Chapter 1 - Preliminary

  • Short title, extent and commencement.
  • Definitions
  • Duties of persons having charge of animals.

Chapter II - Animal Welfare Board Of India

Chapter III - Cruelty To Animals Generally

  • Treating animals cruelty.
  • Penalty for practising Phooka or doom dev.
  • Destruction of suffering animals.

Chapter IV - Experimentation Of Animals

  • Experiments on animals.
  • Committee for control and supervision of experiments on animals.
  • Sub-Committee.
  • Staff of the Committee.
  • Duties of the Committee and power of the Committee to make rules relating to experiments on animals
  • Power of entry and inspection.
  • Power to prohibit experiments an animals.
  • Penalties.

Chapter V - Performing Animals

  • "Exhibit" and "Trained" defined.
  • Restriction on exhibition and training of performing animals.
  • Procedure for registration
  • Power of court to prohibit or restrict exhibition and training of performing animals.
  • Power to enter premises
  • Offences
  • Exemptions.

Chapter VI - Miscellaneous

  • Saving as respects manner of killing prescribed by religion.
  • Power of court to deprive person convicted of ownership of animal.
  • Presumptions as to guilt in certain cases.
  • Cognizability of offences.
  • Powers of search and seizure.
  • Search warrants.
  • General Power of Seizure for examination.
  • Treatment and care of animals.
  • Limitation of prosecutions.
  • Delegation of powers.
  • Power to make rules.
  • Rules and regulations to be laid before Parliament.
  • Persons authorised under section 34 to be public servants.
  • Indemnity.
  • Repeal of Act 11 of 1890.

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