For World Music Day (21 June), Bollywood singers Neha Kakkar, Tony Kakkar, Jasleen Royal, Nikhita Gandhi, and Shashwat Singh have signed an appeal on behalf of PETA India to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to bring harmony into animals’ lives by strengthening The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Under the act, which is India’s main animal protection legislation, penalties for cruelty – such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders – remain woefully outdated and inadequate.
PETA India points to recent cases of abuse – including one in which a pregnant elephant in Kerala was fed firecracker-laced fruit and another in which a pregnant cow in Himachal Pradesh was given a flour ball with firecrackers inside – as evidence that stronger penalties are urgently needed to prevent cruelty to animals.
Violent acts towards animals have long been recognised as indicators of a dangerous psychopathology. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60% of women said that their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals.
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