For Immediate Release:
15 January 2021
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Kumben Aier; [email protected]
Kurnool – Following a report that three men beat a dog to death, the emergency response team of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India guided Manasa Priya Rao, a local animal rights activist, in filing a police complaint. The Kurnool police registered a First Information Report (FIR) against two men and a minor. On Monday morning, the accused allegedly killed the dog by repeatedly hitting her with sticks. It was rumoured that she was attacked because of unproved concerns that she was rabid.
The accused have been booked under Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 11(1)(a) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. Section 429 prohibits the killing or maiming of an animal, making offenders liable to be punished with a jail term of up to five years, with or without a fine.
“This dog endured unimaginable terror and pain,” says PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Kumben Aier. “People who are cruel to animals often move on to harming human victims. It is imperative for the public to report cases of cruelty to animals such as this one for everyone’s safety.”
Dogs suspected to have rabies should not be approached – instead, their whereabouts should be noted from a distance, and as mandated under Rule 10 of the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, professional help should be called to catch them humanely. They should then be kept under observation until rabies is ruled out. If an animal is rabid, death normally occurs within 10 days of clinical signs of rabies.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty against animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurting other animals or humans. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60% of women said their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals. PETA India has long called for the strengthening of the PCA Act, 1960, which contains archaic penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.