FIR Registered Against Three Men for Buffalo Fighting Following Complaint by PETA India

For Immediate Release

13 January 2022

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Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]

Monica Chopra; [email protected]

Thane – After receiving a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Thane rural police registered a first information report (FIR) against three men and other unknown persons for inciting two buffaloes to fight each other. In its complaint to the police, PETA India also submitted a video of the event, which took place on 12 December 2021, containing evidence of violation of laws and cruelty to animals. The video shows buffaloes with their horns locked and bleeding while youths cheers. In a bid to incite the animals, the youths are seen twisting and pulling the animals’ tails.

The FIR was registered at the Padgha police station under Sections 3 and 11(1)(a),(m)(ii),(n) of the The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, for inciting animals to fight, organising such prohibited events, and causing unnecessary pain and suffering to animals. The FIR also includes Sections 34, 289, and 337 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

“Forcing buffaloes to fight one another is both cruel and illegal,” says PETA India Emergency Response Team Associate Manager Meet Ashar. “PETA India is calling for everyone responsible for these animals’ misery to be held accountable. Studies show, young people who are cruel to animals often move on to human victims.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way” – notes that the PCA Act prohibits inciting animals to fight with each other. In a landmark judgment in 2014, the Supreme Court of India ruled in favour of the petitioners – PETA India and the government advisory body the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) – making it clear that bullfighting, dogfighting, and any other staged fights for entertainment between animals, including between humans and animals, must end.

Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often don’t stop there – many of them move on to harm humans. For example, a serial killer Veerappan was a poacher, and the infamous Noida serial murders of children took place at the home of Moninder Singh Pandher, who was fond of hunting. In a study, 60% of families experiencing child abuse and neglect also had companion animals who were abused.

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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