For Immediate Release:
24 August 2020
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
The Cruelty Was Captured on CCTV Camera – an FIR Has Been Registered
Mohali, Punjab – Following complaints filed with local police by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Smt Maneka Gandhi (chairperson of People for Animals and a member of Parliament), and Mowgli Aid (a local animal protection group), a First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against a man for allegedly running over and killing a dog with his car. He has been arrested. The FIR is registered under Sections 429, 290, and 279 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 11 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. The body of the dog has been sent for post mortem.
The CCTV footage shows that a vehicle first ran over the dog with the front wheels and then again with the rear wheels, killing the animal on the spot. This incident took place on Thursday, 20 August, around 4 pm.
Section 429 prohibits mischievous killing of an animal, making the offender liable to be punished with a jail term of up to five years, with or without a fine. Section 290 deals with punishment for public nuisance, and Section 279 applies to rash driving on a public way. Section 11 of the PCA Act, 1960, enlists acts which are tantamount to cruelty on animals.
“The case represents our fight for those who happen to be the most undefended subjects [on] our streets in India,” said Team Mowgli Aid.
“The pain and fear that this dog must have endured as he was hit is hard to imagine,” says PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Neha Chaturvedi. “PETA India commends the Mohali police for their swift action in booking and arresting the perpetrator. We are calling for him to be punished to the fullest extent of the law, including by receiving jail time.”
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 campaigned to strengthen 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.