After learning that a man sacrificed three goats in the Chitradurga district of Karnataka, PETA India worked with senior Chitradurga police officials to register a first information report (FIR). The goats were apparently sacrificed during the festival of Ugadi (New Year’s Day according to the Hindu calendar) in the village of Parasurampura in Chitradurga. This horrific slaughter was caught on video in full public view, and the footage shows the accused standing in front of three frightened goats and beheading them one after the other with a sword-like weapon.
The FIR was registered under sections 3, 4, 5, and 6 of the Karnataka Prevention of Animal Sacrifices Act, 1959; sections 34 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860; and sections 3, 11(1)(a), and 11(1)(l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960.
The Supreme Court has ordered that animals can be slaughtered only in licensed slaughterhouses and that municipal authorities must ensure compliance with this ruling. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001, and the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011, permit the slaughter of animals for food only in licensed slaughterhouses equipped with species-specific stunning equipment.
Gujarat, Kerala, Puducherry, and Rajasthan already have laws in place prohibiting the religious sacrifice of any animal in any temple or its precinct. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Telangana prohibit it in any place of public religious worship or adoration or its precinct or in any congregation or procession connected with religious worship on a public street.
Section 28 of the PCA Act, 1960, allows any animal to be killed in any manner for religious purposes. You can help us get animal sacrifice banned by signing the petition below.