In response to news that a bull used for jallikattu in the Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu was tormented and abused by drunken men, leading to his death, PETA India offered a reward of up to Rs 50,000 to anyone who provided information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for this act, which violates the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The tethered, helpless bull, named Kasi Eswara, reportedly died from a head injury after smashing into a tree in a desperate attempt to escape the men. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals–Krishnagiri worked with the district police on the case. A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered, and two people have been arrested.
In its letter to the director general of police of Tamil Nadu as well as the collector and district magistrate and superintendent of police of the Krishnagiri district, PETA India requested that the police investigate and identify the abusers involved in this heinous act and file an FIR under Sections 34 and 429 of the IPC and Section 11(1)(a) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, to bring them to justice.
Research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty against other animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurt humans. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60% of women said that their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals. Section 429 of the IPC prohibits the killing or maiming of an animal, which can carry a penalty of a five-year jail term.
While the IPC carries stricter penalties, PETA India has long campaigned to strengthen the nation’s PCA Act, 1960, which contains outdated, inadequate penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
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