After learning that a man allegedly killed a sleeping community dog with a huge rock, Meet Ashar of PETA India worked with Mariam Abuhaideri, a local activist from Jaipur; Naresh Kumar Meena, the informant and the dog’s caregiver; and senior officials of the Jaipur police to get a first information report registered. The cruel incident, which reportedly occurred in the Siddhartha Nagar area of Jaipur on the evening of 27 September, was caught on video.
“We have never come across such a heinous act of cruelty in Jaipur,” adds Abuhaideri. “The accused needs mental evaluation and counselling. Cases like this one signify the need for stronger laws against animal abuse.”
PETA India also recommends that the man undergo psychiatric evaluation and receive counselling, as abusing animals indicates a deep psychological disturbance. Research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals are often repeat offenders who also harm humans. For example, Ameerul Islam raped and killed dogs and goats before being sentenced to death for raping and murdering Kerala law student Jisha. In a study of women in domestic violence shelters, 71% reported that their abuser threatened, injured, or killed their dog or other animal companion.
PETA India has long campaigned to strengthen the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, which contains outdated, inadequate penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders, although the Indian Penal Code, 1860, does contain stronger punishments. In a proposal sent to the central government regarding an amendment to the PCA Act, 1960, PETA India recommended significantly increasing penalties for cruelty to animals.Help Us Strengthen the Penalties Against Animal Cruelty