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Act against cruelty

Act against cruelty
Is there a law that dis-allows custody of an animal to the person accused of cruelty to the animal?
Yes, section 29 of the prevention of cruelty to animals act 1960 states the power of the court to deprive a person convicted of ownership of the animal.

Section 29 (1): If the owner of any animal is found guilty of any offence under this Act. the court upon his conviction thereof, may, if it thinks fit, in addition to any other punishment make an order that the animal with respect to which the offence was committed shall be forfeited to Government and may, further, make such order as to the disposal of the animal as it thinks fit under the circumstances.

(2) No order under sub section (1) shall be made unless it is shown by evidence as to a -previous conviction under this Act or as to the character of the owner or otherwise as to the treatment of the animal that the animal if left with the owner, is likely to be exposed to further cruelty.

(3) without prejudice to the provision contained in sub-section (1), the court may also order that a person convicted of an offence under this Act shall, either permanently or during such period as is fixed by the order, be prohibited from having the custody of any animal of any kind whatsoever, or as the court thinks fit of any animal of any kind or species specified in the order.

(4) No order under sub-section (3) shall be made unless (a) it is shown by evidence as to a previous conviction or as to the character of the said person or otherwise as to the treatment of the animal in relation to which he has been convicted that an animal in the custody of the said person is likely to be exposed to cruelty;

(b) It is stated in the complaint upon which the conviction was made that it is the intention of the complaint upon the conviction of the accused to request that an order be made as aforesaid and
(c) The offence for which the conviction was made was committed in an area in which under the law for the time being in force a licence is necessary for the keeping of any such animal as that in respect of which the conviction was made. 

Why does my cat act weird when I place a new object near it?
Cats are suspicious of anything that moves rapidly, makes a lot of noise, or lights up erratically. Placing a new object near a cat is like an invasion of its personal space. Cats have to be suspicious of the unknown: It could represent the danger of a snake or another predator. With a startled response, a cat will often try to get out of there as quickly as possible and then reassess from a distance when an unfamiliar object is placed near it. Bringing new objects into the home can be a good source of mental stimulation for pets but it shouldn’t be done immediately or it will stress the cat out. It’s best to introduce any novel items gradually.

Should pet rabbits be given toys? What kind of toys should be given?
Yes, pet rabbits should definitely be given toys. Toys are important because of multiple reasons: Mental stimulation - Without challenging activities to occupy your rabbit when you’re not home, your rabbit, especially a solitary rabbit, will get bored. This could lead to depression and/or excessive destruction. The creative use of toys can extend your rabbit’s life by keeping him interested in his surroundings, by giving him the freedom to interact with those surroundings, and by allowing him to constantly learn and grow. Your rabbit needs safe activities to keep her body in shape as well as her mind. She needs things to climb on, crawl under, hop on and around, dig into, and chew on. Without outlets for these physical needs, your rabbit may become fat or depressed, or may create jumping, chewing, or crawling diversions with your furniture. 

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