Confiscated Bullock Torture Devices To Go On Public Display In Pune

For Immediate Release:

1 November 2011


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Dr Manilal Valliyate; [email protected]

Animal Rahat and Maharashtra Police Call On Citizens to Report Violations of Animal Welfare Laws

Pune – Seized this year during the Chinchali Animal Fair and at sugarcane factories, dozens of cruel devices used to whip and restrain bullocks will be on display underneath a banner that reads, “Report Cruelty to Animals – a Message From PETA and Maharashtra Police”, in front of Pune police headquarters on Wednesday. PETA and Animal Rahat – an organisation dedicated to protecting animals who are forced to work – are joining the Maharashtra police force to call on members of the public to speak up when they see violations of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, such as the use of these devices:

When:             Wednesday, 2 November, 12 noon sharp

Where:           Near the Office of District Collector, by the Ambedkar statue, Pune

“Animal Rahat has documented that animals used to haul heavy loads routinely suffer from dehydration, wounds, painful lameness and severe stress”, says Animal Rahat Programme Manager Dr Sudheesh Nair. “These confiscated devices show that the animals are also suffering from the infliction of severe pain. We are asking the public to alert the police to violations of animal protection laws in order to help police stop this cruelty.”

Among the shocking and medieval devices on display will be thin leather whips, razor-sharp wire objects and twisted metal rods with protruding nails that are pushed into animals’ necks in order to restrain or control them. The use of these devices is prohibited under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which states that anyone who “beats, kicks, over-rides, over-drives, over-loads, tortures or otherwise treats any animal so as to subject [the animal] to unnecessary pain or suffering” commits a punishable offence – yet these devices are commonly used throughout Maharashtra.

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