For Immediate Release:
23 October 2020
Meet Ashar; [email protected]
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PETA India Requests Penalty, Psychiatric Evaluation and Counselling of the Perpetrators
Aurangabad – After receiving word that two teens allegedly killed a dog, by gouging out his eyeballs and repeatedly beating him on head with bamboo, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India worked with Aurangabad Pet Lovers Association (APLA) and Aurangabad City Police, to register a First Information Report (FIR) under Sections 34 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code as well as Section 11(1)(a) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. PETA India was contacted by APLA, a local NGO working for the protection of street dogs, and the FIR was registered based on its written complaint.
“PETA India commends the efforts of Aurangabad police for taking steps to send the message cruelty to animals will not be tolerated” says PETA India Emergency Response Team Associate Manager, Meet Ashar. “Since people who are cruel to animals often move on to harming humans, it’s imperative for the public to report cases of cruelty to animals such as this one, for everyone’s safety.”
“It is alarming that more and more children are harming animals just for fun,” says Berryl Sanchis, founder and president of APLA. “We appeal to our government to include animal welfare in the school syllabus and provision for school children to spend time in local animal shelters to learn that animals are sentient beings who feel pain and have emotions just like us.”
PETA India also recommends psychiatric evaluation and counselling of the teens. Acts of animal abuse indicates a deep mental disturbance. Research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty against animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurt 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.
While the IPC carries stronger punishments, PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – has long campaigned to strengthen the nation’s PCA Act, 1960, which contains outdated, inadequate penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
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