PETA Leads Police Workshop To Combat Rampant Cruelty To Animals In Madurai

For Immediate Release:
2 May 2013

Dr Manilal Valliyate +91 9820947382; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; [email protected]

Police Inspectors From Across the City Take Part

Madurai, Tamil Nadu – Inspectors from every police station in Madurai came together this week to attend a workshop organised by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). With support from Madurai Police Superintendent V Balakrishnan, workshop attendees were briefed about India’s animal welfare laws – including The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 – and about the ways that these laws are commonly defied during jallikattu and the transport of animals for meat and leather in the city and the state. At the end of the workshop, the police pledged to take action to stop cruelty to animals and increase the awareness of both their subordinates and the public about animal welfare issues through posters and billboards.

“Too often, India’s animal welfare laws are ignored or purposefully violated”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Animals suffer from extreme crowding, broken bones, dehydration, exhaustion, fear and severe distress during transport to slaughter, and during jallikattu, the welfare of animals is completely disregarded.”

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 Transport of Animals, Rules, 1978; The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Transport of Animals on Foot) Rules, 2001; and The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001, many animals are cruelly and illegally transported and slaughtered in Tamil Nadu. And despite the Ministry of Environment and Forests’ 11 July 2012 directive banning the use of bulls as performing animals as well as the Supreme Court and Madurai High Court guidelines, an investigation by PETA authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India revealed that terrified bulls are kicked, punched, jabbed with knives and otherwise tormented during jallikattu. Police inspectors pledged to look out for these and other violations of India’s animal welfare laws.

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