Mysuru: FIR Registered for Sacrificing a Chicken in a Temple Following PETA India Complaint

Posted on by Erika Goyal

After learning that a chicken had been sacrificed in Sri Pratyangira Yogeshwari Bhagavati Temple in Yelwala, Mysuru, PETA India worked with senior Mysuru rural police officials to register a first information report (FIR). The sacrifice was caught on video and carried out in full view of the public. The person performing the sacrifice can be seen torturing the hen by twisting and wringing her neck and ripping her feathers out before slitting her throat and tossing her severed head into the air.

The FIR was registered under sections 3, 5, and 6 of the Karnataka Prevention of Animal Sacrifices Act, 1959, and sections 34 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

The Supreme Court has ruled 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.

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