Activists Holding Dead Animals Call For Passage Of New Animal Welfare Law – Now

For Immediate Release:

1 June 2012


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Deepti Mishra; [email protected]

Ministry of Environment and Forests Dallies While Animals Suffer and Die, Says PETA

New Delhi – Carrying the lifeless bodies of real animals and holding signs that read, “MoEF: Pass the Animal Welfare Act, 2011”, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will undoubtedly garner attention in New Delhi on Monday Their point? That the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has delayed passing the new, updated Animal Welfare Act, 2011, prepared by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) while countless animals across the country continue to be abused and killed in painful ways that would be better deterred under the new law:

When:     Monday , 4 June, 12 noon sharp

Where:    Jantar Mantar, Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110 001 

“Inaction in passing stronger legislation to protect animals enables animal abusers to maim and kill with impunity”, says PETA India’s Dr Deepti Mishra. “If passed, the Animal Welfare Board of India’s version of the Animal Welfare Act, 2011, would help take a big bite out of animal suffering.”

The current law – The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 – imposes fines so low that they have virtually no deterrent effect. The AWBI has drafted a new law – the Animal Welfare Act, 2011 – currently being considered by the MoEF that would dramatically increase the penalties for animal abuse. The current penalty for cruelty to animals is 10 to 50 rupees for the first offence, which may increase to 100 rupees for a subsequent offence or up to three months in prison. The new proposed act stipulates a penalty of 10,000 to 25,000 rupees or imprisonment for up to two years – or both – for a first offence and 50,000 to 1 lakh rupees and imprisonment for one to three years for a subsequent offence.

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