After a viral video surfaced on social media capturing the beating of a captive grey langur, commonly known as a Hanuman langur, who was leashed by the neck, PETA India urgently worked with Chhattisgarh forest officials to rescue the primate and get a preliminary offence report (POR) registered against the alleged abuser. The POR was registered under sections 9, 39, and 51 of the Wild Life (Protection) Act (WPA), 1972. Gray langurs are protected under Schedule II of the WPA, 1972, which makes capturing them or keeping them in captivity as “pets” or to force them to perform punishable by up to three years in prison, a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh, or both.
Following the rescue, the langur was sent for a health check and rehabilitation at Nandanvan Jungle Safari, Naya Raipur. The langur will later be released into nature, as is set protocol, after the relevant formalities have been completed. In the forests where they belong, Hanuman langurs live in groups of up to 100. They spend much of their time playing, grooming, and engaging in other social activities. Family members are always on the lookout for danger and quickly rush to the defence of their loved ones.
To report cruelty to animals or emergencies involving them, please call PETA India on 9820122602.