For Immediate Release:
19 June 2021
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Alwar – After learning that four men barbarically tied a dog’s legs together and chopped them off with an axe, causing him to bleed to death, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India worked with the superintendent of the Alwar police to register a First Information Report (FIR). The FIR was registered under Sections 34 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as Section 11(1)(a) and (l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. PETA India was contacted by local activists from Alwar for help. The police have arrested the main suspect and his accomplice, and two other suspects are on the run.
“PETA India commends the efforts of the Alwar police in taking steps to send the message that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated,” says PETA India Emergency Response Team Associate Manager Meet Ashar. “Since those who abuse animals often move on to harming humans, it’s imperative that the public report cases of cruelty to animals such as this one for everyone’s safety.”
PETA India recommends that the dog’s killers and the people who witnessed the crime but didn’t try to stop it undergo psychiatric evaluations and receive counselling, as abusing animals and supporting such a heinous act indicate a deep mental disturbance. Research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurting other animals or humans. For example, Ameerul Islam raped and killed dogs and goats before being sentenced to death for raping and murdering Kerala law student Jisha. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60% of women said that their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – has long campaigned to strengthen the PCA Act, 1960, which contains outdated, inadequate penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders, although the IPC does contain stronger punishments. In PETA India’s recent proposal sent to the central government regarding an amendment to the PCA Act, 1960, the group recommended increasing penalties for cruelty to animals to a range between Rs 25,000 and Rs 1 lakh and up to five years of imprisonment. For a cognisable offence or a second non-cognisable offence, the group also recommends seizing the person’s animal and depriving him or her of owning or working with any animal.
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