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— Pratheesh Narayanan (@PRATHEESH_PPN) April 7, 2020
Through a video conference, Prakash expressed his plight to the court. Explaining that as a pure vegetarian, he fed his cats the Meo-Persian biscuits and it was the only packaged non-vegetarian food they had grown accustomed to eat. A seven kg bag of the biscuits, he said, is sufficient to feed the cats for three weeks. He used to purchase cat food from a nearby pet hospital at Eroor but it has been temporarily shut due to the lockdown. When Prakash reached out to a pet hospital at Kadavanthra, he was informed that Meo-Persian biscuits were available there. But his request for an affidavit to travel to the hospital on April 5 was rejected by the police.
In response, Justice P Chaly, who heard the case, observed, “We have conveniently forgotten that the human species is not alone on this planet and that there are other claimants to the bounty that nature has to offer.” He further stated that “animal feed and fodder” are included in the state list of “essential items” and that the choice of the petitioner to not to cook non-vegetarian food is also protected under Article 21 of the Constitution of India and thus, granted him the permission “to procure food from outside.”
While concluding the case, an amused Justice Chaly said, “We might observe, in a lighter vein, that while we are happy to have come to the aid of the felines in this case, we are also certain that our directions will help avert a ‘CATastrophe’ in the petitioner’s home.”
All of this, especially the Kerala High Court's judgment, is GOLD! The HC says it is acting to prevent a CATastrophe. The cats have clearly trained their human well. I hope they enjoy their Meo-Persian biscuits. Well-done! https://t.co/EniRAvVjEI
— Radhika Govindrajan (@r_gov11) April 6, 2020
This is exactly the kind of paw-istivity we need during these grim times.