Animal Rahat Leads Police Workshop On Animal Protection Laws

Inspectors From Sangli to Attend Training to Combat Cruelty to Animals
For Immediate Release:

12 October 2011


Dr Manilal Valliyate +91 9820947382; [email protected]

Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; [email protected] 

Sangli, Maharashtra – Today, police inspectors from every police station in Sangli will come together to attend a workshop organised by Animal Rahat, an organisation dedicated to helping animals who are forced to work. With support from Sangli Police Superintendent Dr Ravindra, workshop attendees will review India’s animal protection laws under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and learn about the ways these laws are commonly defied at working animals’ expense. 

“The police can be pivotal in making sure that animal welfare laws are not ignored or purposefully violated”, says Animal Rahat Programme Manager Dr Sudheesh Nair. “We aim to sensitise police to how animals used to haul heavy loads are treated. Overworked and subjected to cruel practices – including whipping, hot-iron branding, ear-cutting, nose-slitting and castration without painkillers – these animals suffer from dehydration, malnutrition, untreated wounds and lameness. This knowledge will better equip the police to enforce the law and stop cruelty to animals whenever it occurs.”

According to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, anyone who “beats, kicks, over-rides, over-drives, over-loads, tortures or otherwise treats any animal so as to subject [the animal] to unnecessary pain or suffering …” commits a punishable offence. Despite this and other laws, including the Prevention of Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animal Rules, 1965, and the Ministry of Environment and Forests’ 11 July 2011 directive banning the use of bulls as performing animals, many bullock owners still whip the animals with sticks and ropes or push razor-sharp wire or metal rods with protruding nails into their necks in order to restrain, control or race them. Police inspectors will be trained to look out for these and other violations of animal welfare laws.

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