For Immediate Release:
8 December 2011
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]
The Run-Up to Human Rights Day and Animal Rights Day Prompts Call to Update India’s 50-Year-Old Animal Protection Act
New Delhi – Shackled in chains and crouching in front of a banner bearing civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr’s famous quote “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” along with the message “Pass Animal Welfare Act, 2011”, three members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will protest outside Parliament on Friday, the day before internationally celebrated Human Rights Day which is also Animal Rights Day. PETA will also display the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights – a declaration that takes its name from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is supported by animal protection groups around the world. PETA’s point? That we must break down the false barrier between humans and other species that leads humans to mistreat animals and that we must think about how our actions either perpetuate or prevent abuse and exploitation:
When: Friday, 9 December, 12 noon sharp
Where: Near the fountain at Vijay Chowk, New Delhi
“Child labour, human slavery and the oppression of women and minorities were addressed only after forward-thinking people challenged the status quo”, says PETA India’s Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “Today, other beings are being tormented and killed out of sheer prejudice, and the penalty for even wanton cruelty often is only a slap on the wrist.”
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, is a woefully outdated law that imposes fines so low that they have virtually no deterrent effect. The Ministry of Environment and Forests has drafted a new law – the Animal Welfare Act, 2011 – that would dramatically increase the penalties for animal abuse. The current penalty for cruelty to animals is 10 to 50 rupees for the first offence, which may go up to 100 rupees for a subsequent offence or up to three months in prison. The new proposed act would provide for a penalty of 10,000 to 25,000 rupees or imprisonment for up to two years – or both – for a first offence and 50,000 to one lakh rupees and imprisonment for one to three years for a subsequent offence.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.