After receiving word that on 18 March, three men allegedly killed a stray dog who was peacefully sleeping in a temple in Junagadh by , PETA India worked with the Junagadh police to file a First Information Report against the perpetrators under Sections 34 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 11(1)(a) and (l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. Section 34 of the IPC addresses criminal acts committed by several persons in furtherance of a common intention, and Section 429 prohibits mischievous killing or maiming of an animal, making the offender liable to be punished with a five-year jail term, with or without a fine. The police have identified the perpetrators, and it is expected that arrests will be made shortly.
PETA India notes that research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty against animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurting other animals or humans. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60 per cent of women said that their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals. PETA India has long campaigned to strengthen India’s PCA Act, 1960, which contains archaic penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
Cruelty to animals is rampant at all parts of our country and is a menace that we need to collectively deal with urgently. You can help by requesting our authorities for stricter penalties for animal abusers: