Written by Kriti-S
Animal Rahat – an organisation dedicated to helping animals who are
forced to work – seized dozens of cruel devices used to whip and painfully restrain
bullocks during the Chinchali fair and at sugar cane factories in Maharashtra.
Among the shocking and gruesome-looking devices were sticks with rope used for
whipping as well as razor-sharp wire and metal rods with protruding nails that
are pushed into animals' necks in order to restrain or control them.
The torture devices were displayed near the office of the Ministry of
Environment and Forests in Delhi, where PETA India's Director of Veterinary
Affairs, Dr Manilal Valliyate, used them to call on the Ministry to pass the
Animal Welfare Act, 2011, without delay.
The current Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, has minimal
penalties for cruelty to animals. In the case of a first offence, the fine is
10 to 50 rupees. For second and subsequent offences, the penalty is a fine of
25 to 100 rupees and a maximum jail sentence of three months. However, it is
expected that the Animal Welfare Act, 2011, will raise the penalty for cruelty
to animals substantially. First offenders would face a fine of between Rs
10,000 and 25,000 or up to two years' imprisonment or both. Subsequent offences
would result in even harsher punishments.
Help bulls and other animals by urging the Ministry of Environment and Forests
to pass the Animal Welfare Act, 2011.
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