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SC refuses to stay culling of vermin in Bihar, Himachal and Uttarakhand

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to stay the government’s notification on declaring Nilgai in Bihar, monkey in Himachal Pradesh and wild boar in Uttarakhand as vermin.

The apex court, however, issued a caveat saying the culling of wild animals can take place only when they enter areas of human habitation and they cannot be hunted in their homes.

The court also asked the petitioners to give representation to respective governments and the Centre about their objections. The court will hear the matter in detail from 15 July.

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by NGOs…

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