After PETA India Action, FIR is Filed Against Men Accused of Beating Dog to Death

For Immediate Release:

31 August 2018


Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Garima Jain; [email protected]

Mumbai Police Are Searching for the Offenders, Who Absconded

Mumbai – Yesterday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India received a report on its emergency helpline number (+91 9820122602) from a concerned Mumbai citizen, who stated that two men had beaten a dog to death in the Sion area of Mumbai and had left the animal’s blood-soaked body on the street. The group’s Emergency Response Team immediately guided the caller and witnesses to the crime to help the Mumbai police file a First Information Report (FIR) under Section 119 of the Maharashtra Police Act (MPA), 1951; Subsections 11(a) and (l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960; and Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860.

The dog’s body is now at the Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Parel, Mumbai. A post-mortem has been carried out, and the autopsy report is awaited. Section 119 of the MPA, 1951, prohibits cruelly beating or torturing any animal. Subsections 11(a) and (l) of the PCA Act, 1960, prohibit inflicting unnecessary pain on any animal and killing any animal – stray dogs included – in an unnecessarily cruel manner, respectively. And Section 429 of the IPC, 1860, prohibits the killing or maiming of an animal, which can carry a penalty of a five-year jail term.

“This dog endured the terror and agony of being beaten to a bloody death,” says PETA India Emergency Response Assistant Akash Tiwari. “This horrific attack is exactly why PETA India urges the public to report incidents of cruelty to animals immediately, as this kind caller did, so that the perpetrators can be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty against animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurting other animals or 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. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has found that a history of animal abuse is one of the traits that regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers. This is the case in India, too: Veerappan was a poacher as well as a serial killer, and the infamous Noida serial murders of children took place at the home of Moninder Singh Pandher, who was fond of hunting. PETA India has long campaigned to strengthen India’s PCA Act, 1960, which contains archaic penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.

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