For Immediate Release:
21 August 2020
Garima Ozas; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Artist Was Spotted When He Posted Photographs and Videos on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube
Chandigarh – After receiving complaints that a tattoo artist was posting photographs and videos of a rhesus macaque monkey – a protected species under the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA), 1972 – on social media, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India worked with the Chandigarh forest department to file a Preliminary Offence Report against the perpetrator and his studio manager under Section 9 of the Act, read with Sections 2(16)(b), 39, and 51. The men, Kamaljit Singh (alias Kamz Inkzone) and Deepak Vohra, were arrested on 19 August by forest officials for having kept the monkey in illegal captivity for over a year and were released on bail yesterday. One of the videos posted shows the monkey being offered a red liquid, claimed to be wine. The monkey has not been located, and anyone with knowledge of the animal’s whereabouts is asked to come forward.
Earlier, upon receiving complaints from people concerned about the monkey’s welfare, PETA India shot off a letter to Chandigarh Deputy Conservator of Forests Dr Abdul Qayum. The group demanded that a complaint be registered against the perpetrators under various sections of the WPA for illegally capturing and keeping in custody a protected wild animal and also under relevant sections of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, for abusing an animal.
The photographs and videos depicting cruelty to the monkey are available upon request.
“It’s vital that smart, social monkeys be with their friends and families in nature, not exploited and abused for entertainment under the command of callous people,” says PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Garima Ozas. “PETA India encourages all kind people to keep their eyes open and report any cases of animal abuse, health emergencies, or illegal wildlife trading to relevant authorities such as the police and forest departments.”
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – points out that wild animals belong in their natural habitats and that exploiting them for profit or keeping them in captivity as “pets” is both morally wrong and punishable by up to seven years in prison and a fine of at least Rs 10,000 under the WPA, 1972. Monkeys are trained to perform tricks through beatings and food deprivation, and their teeth are pulled out so that they can’t defend themselves. In 1998, the central government issued a notification under the PCA Act, 1960, stating that monkeys and several other species of wild animals are not to be exhibited or trained as performing animals.
To report illegal cruelty to animals or emergencies involving them, please call PETA India on (0) 98201 22602.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.