of Environment and Forests Dallies While Animals Suffer and Die, Says PETA
1 June 2012
Benazir Suraiya +919004547382; BenazirS@petaindia.org
New Delhi – Carrying the lifeless bodies of real
animals and holding signs that read, "MoEF: Pass the Animal Welfare Act,
2011", members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India
will undoubtedly garner attention in New Delhi on Monday Their point? That the
Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has delayed passing the new, updated
Animal Welfare Act, 2011, prepared by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI)
while countless animals across the country continue to be abused and killed in
painful ways that would be better deterred under the new law:
When: Monday , 4 June, 12 noon sharp
Mantar, Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110 001
"Inaction in passing stronger legislation to
protect animals enables animal abusers to maim and kill with impunity",
says PETA India's Dr Deepti Mishra. "If passed, the Animal Welfare Board
of India's version of the Animal Welfare Act, 2011, would help take a big bite
out of animal suffering."
The current law – The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Act, 1960 – imposes fines so low that they have virtually no deterrent effect.
The AWBI has drafted a new law – the Animal Welfare Act, 2011 – currently being
considered by the MoEF that would dramatically increase the penalties for
animal abuse. The current penalty for cruelty to animals is 10 to 50 rupees for
the first offence, which may increase to 100 rupees for a subsequent offence or
up to three months in prison. The new proposed act stipulates a penalty of
10,000 to 25,000 rupees or imprisonment for up to two years – or both – for a
first offence and 50,000 to 1 lakh rupees and imprisonment for one to three
years for a subsequent offence.
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