‘Cats’, ‘Dogs’, and ‘Cows’ Call on Government to Strengthen Animal-Protection Laws

For Immediate Release:
9 December 2016

Shambhavi Tiwari [email protected]
Neerja Khede [email protected]

PETA to Hold Demonstration on International Animal Rights Day and Human Rights Day

Bangalore – Wearing cat, dog, chicken, cow and other animal masks and holding signs that read, “HELP US! India: Strengthen Animal-Protection Laws”, a cadre of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India supporters will gather on the pavement around Corporation Circle for a photo opportunity on Saturday, 10 December, which is both International Animal Rights Day and Human Rights Day. PETA India aims to persuade the central government to strengthen animal-protection laws and points out that penalties for cruelty under the current law – The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, which is nearly six decades old – are woefully weak and have little to no deterrent effect on animal abusers.

When: Saturday, 10 December, 3 pm sharp
Where: On the pavement around Corporation Circle, Bangalore 560027.

“A 10-rupee fine won’t stop abusers from overloading a truck with cattle or beating a stray dog”, says PETA India Campaigns Coordinator Neerja Khede. “Right now, animals are suffering and dying, and their abusers are getting away with murder. India needs penalties that have teeth so that they can take a bite out of cruelty and keep both animals and humans safe.”

Currently, the penalty for cruelty to animals under the PCA Act, 1960, is between 10 and 50 rupees for the first offence, which may go up to a mere 100 rupees or up to three months in prison for a subsequent offence. Lately, numerous extreme cruelty-to-animals cases have come to light – including a Bangalore woman who killed eight puppies, Chennai medical students who threw a puppy from a roof, and Vellore medical students who killed a monkey – proving the need for stronger penalties.

Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals don’t stop there – many of them move on to their fellow humans. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has found that a history of cruelty to animals regularly appears in the backgrounds of serial rapists and murderers.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.