For Immediate Release:
21 July 2015
Local Police Work With Group to Find Persons Involved in Animal Sacrifice
Vikarabad, Telangana – Following news that a goat was killed outside a theatre in Vikarabad in the Ranga Reddy district by superstitious fans of the upcoming film Bahubali, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is offering a reward of up to Rs 25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. It should be noted that the creators of the film had nothing to do with the animal’s slaughter.
PETA India CEO Poorva Joshipura says, “This defenceless goat would have been conscious, able to feel pain and aware of what was happening up until his or her death, which may have been slow and agonising. PETA is urging anyone with information about this violent crime to come forward now, before anyone else gets hurt”.
Killing an animal outside a licensed slaughterhouse is an apparent violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001, which state “No person shall slaughter any animal within a municipal area except in a slaughter house recognised or licensed by the concerned authority empowered under the law for the time being in force to do so”. Such cruelty to animals also apparently violates The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which states that it is a punishable offense if anyone “mutilates any animal or kills any animal (including stray dogs) by using the method of strychnine injections in the heart or in any other unnecessarily cruel manner”. It may also be considered a violation of section 429 of the Indian Penal Code, which consider killing or maiming an animal a punishable offense.
Will you please consider sharing this information with your readers? It may be the only way to apprehend those responsible for this heinous act.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Inspector of Police Sri G. Ravi at the Vikarabad Police Station on +91 9440627354 or at [email protected]
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