After receiving word that a man residing in Deonar allegedly killed a stray dog by hitting him with a bamboo stick until he bled to death and then threw the animal’s body in the nullah from where it got washed away, PETA India has filed an FIR against the perpetrator under Section 429 of The Indian Penal Code as well as sections 11(1)(a) and (l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The accused family verbally admitted to beating the dog to drive the animal away to the police.
An eyewitness to this incident stated that the panicked dog had entered the accused’s house trying to escape firecrackers, loud music and other loud noise from the Ganpati Visarjan. The accused allegedly responded by killing the dog.
Several recent cases of cruelty to animals have signified the need for harsher penalties, including those in which a Mumbai man battered a kitten to death by hitting her with a bamboo stick and then smashing her against the wall, a Bangalore woman killed eight puppies, Chennai medical students threw a puppy from a roof, and Vellore medical students tortured a monkey to death. According to mental-health and law-enforcement authorities, people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often move on to hurting 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PETA has long campaigned to strengthen India’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which contains outdated penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
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