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    Netizens Debate Indian Court’s ‘Animals Have Legal Rights Like Humans’ Ruling

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    The court’s ruling comes following a hearing of a case where 29 cows were being carried in a cruel manner in two lorries for export to the state of Uttar Pradesh from Haryana.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — A ruling of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in India affording legal entity status to all animals, including avian and aquatics, has triggered a mixed reaction on Indian social media.

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    There were people who praised the judgement, describing it as "the best news ever."

    However, there were others who criticised the ruling.

    ​The order came from Justice Rajiv Sharma from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, stating: "The entire animal kingdom, including avian and aquatic, are declared legal entities having a distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person."

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    "All citizens throughout Haryana are hereby declared persons in loco parentis (responsible for a child in parents' absence) as the human face for the welfare/protection of animals."

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